Alex Salmond has admitted today that he has not given up on his ambition for an independent Scotland and said he believes there will be another referendum vote in his lifetime.
Scotland's former first minister told The Times (£) if England votes in future to remove the UK from the European Union then that will be the "tipping point" at which Scotland will push for another independence vote.
He said: “If you believe there are four equal nations, partners in this United Kingdom, then it seems reasonable that no one country should be dragged out of the European firmament against its will."
Salmond, who stepped down following the yes campaign's referendum loss also remained positive that should there be another independence vote this time the outcome would be different and told The Times (£) "I think we would win if there was another referendum."
He added: “Luckily in life, as in politics, people sometimes get a second chance.”