SNP’s Kate Forbes signals Scottish independence vote could be years away

Leadership candidate says setting target dates is unhelpful and she would focus on ‘gentle persuasion’

Kate Forbes, the nationalist MSP bidding to be Scotland’s youngest ever first minister, has signalled it could be years before a fresh independence vote is held because the case for it is not yet persuasive enough.

She told the Guardian in an interview that the Scottish National party had to put much greater emphasis on slowly persuading unionists to support independence, by first using Holyrood’s existing economic powers to prove Scotland can flourish.

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