Nurse Nikki Ford, who voted for Scotland to break away from the UK in the 2014 referendum, said now wasn’t the time to trigger another say on the matter.
Speaking on Sky News, she said having a vote within the next couple of years could sway the vote away from independence and that many Scot were feeling “disheartened”.
She said: “I don’t think we should have a vote this soon. I think we’ve been bombarded with information about referendums, the EU independence over the last few years and I think people are kind of getting a bit sick of it. I think we need a bit more breathing space and time to consider it and it feels a bit rushed.
“I actually think it was really good last time because I think it got so many different people engaged in politics in a way that I’d never seen before and I think a lot of folks hadn’t been so engaged with it before, it hadn’t mattered as much. I’m pretty apathetic. I’m pretty exhausted, I’d like a bit of time to catch my breath before we do it all again.
Nikki Ford said there should not be a second Scottish referendum "this soon"
For people like me who do want independence, I’d rather kind of play the long game
“A lot of people are feeling a bit disheartened by it at the moment. It does feel like we’re just kind of being forced into this now and actually for people like me who do want independence, I’d rather kind of play the long game and give it a bit more time so that we definitely get it and I think if people feel they’re being rushed into it too much it can maybe go the other way.
Responding to a fellow ‘yes’ voter’s comment he would be sticking around for the Scottish Parliament vote, Ms Ford said: “Well I won’t be here all day. I’ve had enough.”
She added she was sad about the Brexit vote and it would affect Scotland “a lot more” than independence.
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Nicola Sturgeon’s minority SNP government is today asking the Scottish Parliament to support its plans to ask the Prime Minister for a second 30 order, which is needed to make a referendum legally binding.
The Scottish government is expected to win the vote with the support of the Scottish Greens – despite opposition from the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats.
The First Minister wants a vote to be held in the autumn of next year or the spring of 2019.
But the UK Government in Westminster has already signalled it would reject any move by Ms Sturgeon until after the country leaves the European Union.