Nicola Sturgeon has urged parties to “come together” around an independence referendum in light of a “new danger” from Boris Johnson’s government.

The first minister told MSPs there was a “growing recognition” that the issue “must be decided by the people”.

This week the Scottish government will publish the “democratic case” for the transfer of power to hold such a vote.

UK ministers are opposed to such a move and have said the result of the 2014 referendum should be “respected”.

On the day of his election victory Mr Johnson told Ms Sturgeon he had an “unwavering commitment” to the union, while at the weekend Michael Gove insisted there was “absolutely” no prospect of a referendum in the next five years.

But the the SNP leader has described

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