Labour MEP shifts position on indyref2 after Brexit vote
He said he voted for Scotland to stay in the UK in 2014, but the decision to leave the EU has left “a whole lot of questions that have yet to be answered”.
Mr Martin, who has been an MEP since 1984, told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme: “I voted for two unions: I voted to remain in the United Kingdom, I voted to remain in the European Union - that choice has been removed from me.”
The First Minister has insisted that in the wake of the Brexit vote, Scots should be given a fresh choice on independence.
She wants such a vote to take place between autumn 2018 and spring 2019, when the terms of Brexit are clear.
However her calls have been rebuffed by the UK Government, with Theresa May insisting “now is not the time” for another vote on Scotland’s constitutional future.
When asked how he will vote if a second referendum is held, Mr Martin said: “In truth I have no idea at the moment, there are too many factors to weigh up.”
Pressed on whether he is now open to voting for independence, he added: “The very fact that I can’t give you a straight answer indicates that I have moved. If you had asked me that question 18 months ago it would be a definitive that I would vote to remain in the United Kingdom.
“Now I think Brexit has put up a whole lot of questions that have yet to be answered.”