The First Minister made the call after she shocked Westminster with Monday’s announcement that she is to seek the authority to hold a fresh ballot on independence in the wake of the Brexit vote.
She defended her position, saying leaving the UK would be a “disaster” and she has a “duty to allow people to opt for something better”.
MSPs will vote next Wednesday on whether they will support Ms Sturgeon’s request for a section 30 order from Westminster, which would be needed for Holyrood to hold a legally binding ballot.
At First Minister’s Questions on Thursday, Ms Sturgeon issued a direct challenge to the Conservatives, demanding: “If on Wednesday next week this Parliament votes for an independence referendum to give the people of Scotland a choice over their own future, will the Conservatives respect the will of this Parliament or are the Conservatives running scared?”
More to follow.