Humza Yousaf will seek independence negotiations with the UK government if his party wins the most seats in Scotland at the next general election.

He has put his name to a motion backing that strategy which will be voted on at the party’s conference in October.

It proposes making the first line of the manifesto “Vote SNP for Scotland to become an independent country”.

SNP Westminster leader Stephen Flynn has also signed the motion to be put to SNP members.

The text states that if the party wins the most seats, the Scottish government will be “empowered to begin immediate negotiations with the UK government to give democratic effect to Scotland becoming an independent country”.

To prepare for independence, it is proposed detailed conditions of negotiations are published, including draft legal text on the transfer of powers from Westminster to Holyrood.

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