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Ditch referendum as economy 'faces volatile times'

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Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to ditch her campaign for a second independence referendum after Scotland's public spending watchdog warned the country's economy is facing unprecedented volatility in the months ahead.

The first minister has pledged to stage a second vote "when the crisis has passed" but has also set a "Covid permitting" deadline to hold the vote before the end of 2023.

Audit Scotland, the official body that monitors government spending, warned the recovery phase will be characterised by "ever more volatility, uncertainty and complexity".

Auditors said it would be imperative for the UK government, the Scottish government and councils to work together to minimise the disruption to individuals, public bodies and services.

Unionist politicians said that an independence referendum would add further unnecessary

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