LONDON (Reuters) - Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon said she wouldn't propose a referendum on Scottish independence immediately, as she wants to make sure the country is clear of the coronavirus pandemic first.
"I don't believe we should propose a referendum right at this moment," Sturgeon told BBC Radio.
"I'm a lifelong believer in independence, I want Scotland to be independent, but firstly we've got to steer the country through the crisis."
Sturgeon's party, the Scottish National Party, have pledged to hold a new referendum by the end of 2023 if they win a majority in an election on May 6.
(Reporting by Sarah Young and Kate Holton. Editing by Andrew MacAskill)