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Nicola Sturgeon is to "reset" her timetable for a second referendum on Scottish independence.

The first minister had called for an independence referendum to be held in the autumn of 2018 or the spring of 2019.

But she has been considering her options since the SNP lost 21 seats in the election earlier this month.

Ms Sturgeon told Holyrood she would not "immediately" seek to introduce legislation for a referendum.

Instead, she said the Scottish government would delay the legislation until at least the autumn of next year - although it would still need the permission of the UK government for a legally binding vote to be held.

 

 

 

In the meantime, she said she would "redouble" her efforts to secure the best possible Brexit deal for Scotland, and to keep the country in the European single market.

However, Ms Sturgeon stressed that she continued to be "strongly committed" to Scotland having a choice on its future at the end of the Brexit process.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May had earlier urged Ms Sturgeon to take the possibility of a second referendum off the table completely.

And Unionist opposition parties in the Scottish Parliament claimed Ms Sturgeon had not gone far enough, and that "nothing has changed".

However, the pro-independence Scottish Greens had urged the SNP leader not to retread on her referendum bid, and to "continue fighting" for another vote on the issue.

 

 

 

Ms Sturgeon has previously said that the prospect of an independence referendum was a factor in the election result, which saw her party's share of the vote drop from 50% to 37%.

However, the SNP remained by far the largest party in Scotland after winning 35 of the country's 59 seats at Westminster.

Ms Sturgeon said she had repeatedly been told during "hundreds" of conversations since the election that people were worried about the uncertainty caused by Brexit, and wanted a break from making big political decisions.

The first minister said people also wanted greater clarity about the implications of Brexit to emerge, and that it was "too soon right now" to make a decision about a referendum.

And she said people wanted the Scottish government to "focus as hard as we can on securing the best possible outcome for Scotland".

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