An SNP MP has said that there are not “any disputes” within the SNP and that it is simply the media “trying to sex up the story”.
While a poll for the pro-UK campaign group Scotland in Union found only 21 per cent of Scots support having another vote on independence in the next two years, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stressed that overall a majority of people do want to be given the opportunity to vote in another Scottish Independence referendum.
Tommy Sheppard, the MP for Edinburgh East, told talkRADIO’s Dan Wootton: “There is not really any dispute between different wings in the SNP.
“That is simply trying to ‘sex up’ the story. It is not as dramatic as that.”
He also stressed that the SNP's 2016 election manifesto made clear another referendum should be held if there was to be a "material change in circumstances" from the original ballot in 2014.
He added: “There are circumstances where another referendum could be needed such as Scotland being taken out of the European Union against its will. That was said before the Brexit referendum.”
Mr Sheppard said the UK was in “a mess” over Brexit because no one had made a plan on how to leave the European Union.
“If we crashed out of the EU with all the disastrous consequences that would mean, we will be in a position to move swiftly to consult people in another referendum,” he said.
“The reason we are in such a mess is because nobody – even those who wanted it to happen – gave any thought as to how it might happen. We went into the Brexit referendum without a clue.”