The First Minister also courted controversy in a speech last night by claiming voters were better informed ahead of the last vote, compared to last year’s ballot on EU membership.
Speaking at the Political Studies Association annual conference in Glasgow, the SNP leader said: “By and large and on the whole, I think that the 2014 referendum was a very positive experience for Scotland.”
But all three opposition parties hit back, warning Ms Sturgeon that another “unwarranted” vote on breaking away from the UK was the “last thing” that the country needs.
Sturgeon has been accused of "living in dreamland"
Nicola Sturgeon seems to be unable to accept that a majority of Scots simply do not want another referendum
Scottish Conservative chief whip John Lamont MSP
Scottish Conservative chief whip John Lamont MSP said: “Nicola Sturgeon seems to be unable to accept that a majority of Scots simply do not want another referendum.
“They are tired of constitutional uncertainty, and of being dragged back to the arguments of the past. The last thing Scotland needs right now is a divisive and unwarranted referendum.”
And the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie added: “Families and communities across Scotland are still damaged by the division of the last independence referendum.
Willie Rennie said families and communities across Scotland are still damaged
“The First Minister is living in dreamland if she thinks another one would be positive for Scotland.”
Ms Sturgeon told the conference the Scottish Government presented the electorate with a “detailed proposal” on independence ahead of the 2014 vote.
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She said: “It’s maybe worth comparing the 2014 referendum on independence with the 2016 referendum on EU membership. A key difference was that in 2014, the Scottish Government set out a detailed proposal for how Scotland would become independent.
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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (R) reacts as she leaves the chamber following a vote on the second day of the 'Scotland's Choice' debate on a motion to seek the authority to hold an indpendence referendum at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh
Ms Sturgeon said the Scottish Government presented a "detailed proposal" on the independence
“That plan was then scrutinised, analysed – and often criticised – by political opponents, by the media, by business groups and wider civic society, and of course by academics.”
The First Minister continued: “In 2016, on the other hand, people were asked to vote for a change, without being told what that change involved. Nobody who wanted to leave the European Union had any responsibility for setting out how it might be achieved.
“Many issues – for example the difference between single market membership, customs union membership and World Trade Organisation rules – are only being discussed widely now, when they should have been at the heart of discussion before the vote.”
Kezia Dugdale said the SNP should focus on the job of governing
However, critics pointed out that the white paper has been widely criticised for its assertions, such as its inaccurate predictions on oil revenues and other proposals.
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said: “Instead of constantly seeking to divide the country, the SNP should focus on the job of governing – tackling the crisis in our schools, fixing our broken NHS, and investing in local services.”