By Jack Maidment, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline
Published: 15:46 BST, 15 October 2019 | Updated: 15:58 BST, 15 October 2019
Nicola Sturgeon today issued a fresh rallying cry for Scottish independence as she claimed the SNP is 'winning the case' for a split from the rest of the UK.
The Scottish First Minister told activists at the SNP's annual conference in Aberdeen that 'it is time to take charge of our own future' as she said Scotland had a 'cast iron mandate' for a second referendum.
She then reiterated her demand for a second vote on independence to take place no later than next year.
Ms Sturgeon also used her address to launch a series of attacks on Boris Johnson's 'disastrous' Brexit strategy as she insisted that a No Deal divorce from the EU would be 'unthinkable'.
The SNP's bid to secure Scottish independence failed in 2014 as voters backed staying part of the UK by 55 per cent to 45 per cent.
But Ms Sturgeon has repeatedly called for a re-run of the poll and believes that the 2016 Brexit vote when Scotland voted to Remain in the bloc could shift the polls in her favour.
Nicola Sturgeon today told SNP activists in Aberdeen that