THE SNP is prepared to engage with the wider Yes movement as the party steps up its campaign for a potential referendum next year.

Ian Blackford was speaking exclusively to The National in Fort William, where he and MP Mhairi Black held the first in a series of roadshows which will be taken across Scotland.

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The party’s Westminster leader was responding to criticism that the wider movement had been ignored in the past.

“The last thing in the world I want to see is the wider Yes movement being ignored – they are our friends, our colleagues, we work with them,” he said.

“I’m asking colleagues across the Yes movement to work collectively together for that shared aim of making sure that we can deliver the thing we all want – the independence referendum.”