Will Scotland call a second indyref just four years after the last one?
Salmond’s claims come amid repeated threats of a new independence vote from SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, who claims Theresa May’s plan to withdraw from the single market makes a vote to disband the Union more likely.
If Salmond’s prediction proves to be true, it will be just four years since the last independence vote – where Scots voted to remain part of the UK by 55 per cent to 45 per cent.
The ball right now is in Downing Street’s court
According to recent polls, support for an independent Scotland is at its lowest yet with just 40 per cent of Scots keen to see their country break away from Britain.
During his LBC radio show, the former First Minister said a possible second referendum would have to take place during the two-year Brexit negotiating period which is scheduled to start when the Prime Minister triggers Article 50 at the end of March.
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Salmond said: “It has to be within the two-year negotiating period, so we would be talking about a year come the autumn, or something like that.
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“You would have to have it within the two years, you would want to have the Scottish referendum before the Brexit process had been completed.”
He added: “The ball right now is in Downing Street’s court.”
Sturgeon continues to threaten the possibility of a second independence referendum for Scotland
The news comes as Nicola Sturgeon claimed she is “determined to save Scotland from Brexit” following the announcement of the Government’s 12-point Brexit plan.
She said: "It's not just the case that the Tories are running towards Brexit, they want to drag Scotland kicking and screaming over that Brexit cliff-edge and I'm determined they are not going to get away with this."
Salmond delivered a speech at the SNP annual conference in November
In an impassioned rant, the First Minister said: “Sooner or later, there comes a fundamental choice.
“Do we want to continue, as a Parliament and as a country, always having to mitigate the impacts of decisions that are out of our hands and made by a Tory Government at Westminster that a majority in this country do not vote for, or do we want to take into our own hands control of our country’s future?”