LONDON -- Scottish nationalist leader Nicola Sturgeon will include triggers for a second independence referendum in the party's manifesto for the 2016 Scottish election, the Sunday Herald newspaper reported.
The Sunday Herald said that Sturgeon had told the paper in an interview her Scottish National Party's (SNP) 2016 manifesto would set out triggers for a second independence referendum, though it did not immediately supply a direct quote from Sturgeon.
British Prime Minister David Cameron in May ruled out another independence referendum despite spectacular gains by Scottish nationalists in that month's general election, saying Scots had "emphatically" rejected a breakaway in last year's referendum.
Scots voted 55-45 against independence in a referendum last September but the May 7 general election showed the SNP had since gained support, taking 56 of Scotland's 59 seats in the Westminster parliament.
"Our manifesto will set out what we think around the circumstances in which, and the possible timescales in which, a second referendum might be appropriate," Sturgeon told the paper in an interview. "It will then be down to people to accept whether they vote for that manifesto."
Citing sources close to Sturgeon, the newspaper reported the trigger list would be limited but could include a general option allowing for a referendum in the event of a dramatic, unforeseeable event such as Cameron embarking on what they termed an illegal war.
A vote to divide England and Scotland would amount to the break-up of the United Kingdom, the world's fifth largest economy.
When asked for comment on the Sunday Herald report, a spokesman for Cameron said: "The people of Scotland voted to remain part of the United Kingdom last year and we will see through our commitments to give them the extra powers."