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Retiring SNP MSP, Gil Paterson, has encouraged the First Minister to give "serious consideration" to working with other pro-independence parties after the Holyrood elections on May 6. The SNP has vowed to hold a second independence referendum if the party wins a majority in the Scottish Parliament. The Alba Party has been formed to help boost the number of pro-independence MSP’s in Holyrood but Ms Sturgeon has repeatedly refused to work with the movement.

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Mr Salmond is fielding candidates in the regional lists and has outlined plans for a so-called “supermajority” in favour of independence.

The former First Minister has said negotiations with Boris Johnson should begin straight away if a pro-independence parliament is elected.

Mr Paterson said: “We are not asking Nicola to endorse a motion she hasn't yet seen.

"But simply agree to consider supporting the principle that the new parliament should give serious consideration to Alba's proposal to demand an immediate opening of negotiations on independence with the UK Government."

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Nicola SturgeonNicola Sturgeon has been urged by her own party to make a U-turn (Image: GETTY)

Alex SalmondAlex Salmond has created the Alba Party (Image: GETTY)

Mr Johnson has constantly said there should not be another vote on independence and insists the 2014 vote was a “once in a generation” event.

SNP’s Alex Neil, who is stepping down as an MSP, served in government under Ms Sturgeon and her predecessor Mr Salmond.

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