Independence is the best way for Scotland to make a positive contribution to the world, Nicola Sturgeon said as she urged the UK government to recognise the “right” of Scots to make that choice in the wake of Brexit.
After Theresa May began the formal process of taking the UK out of the European Union, the First Minister called for immediate recognition from Westminster of her mandate for a second independence referendum.
She used a speech at the prestigious Stanford University in the US to highlight the global role an independent Scotland could have.
Ms Sturgeon stressed it would remain an “open, outward-looking and inclusive” nation that would continue to welcome people from across the globe.
It would also seek to “build partnerships around the world”, including with governments, businesses and universities, she said. Her address took place a week after MSPs backed her call for talks to take place over a second independence referendum following the UK’s vote to leave the EU - a decision which was not supported by voters in Scotland.