Nicola Sturgeon has announced that she is putting her plans for a second independence referendum on hold for the next year.
The Scottish First Minister said she would "reset" her pledge to hold another vote by spring 2019, acknowledging that public anger over the issue was a key reason why the SNP lost 21 seats at the general election.
The First Minister said the Scottish Government would not introduce legislation for another vote "immediately".
Ms Sturgeon told MSPs that would not now happen and she had...
She said: "It remains my view that at the end of the Brexit process, the people of Scotland should have a choice about our future direction as a country".
The SNP had promised there would not be another such vote for a generation, but Sturgeon argued that the Brexit plebiscite past year justified her demand for a second shot at independence.
Recent polling indicates 43 per cent of Scottish people are in favour of a second independence referendum.
Under questioning in parliament, Sturgeon said she predicted a new timetable for a referendum would be likely in the later half of 2018.
Ms Sturgeon has faced calls from Unionist opposition parties to completely drop her campaign for another referendum and to instead focus on improving Scotland's public services.
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What's striking is Strugeon's insistence that she still plans to call one in this Parliament - so before the next Scottish Parliament elections in 2021.
Sturgeon said the people of Scotland should have a choice about their own destiny after Brexit negotiations have been concluded. "She is just not listening", said Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale.
The SNP Scottish Government has a clear mandate to offer the people of Scotland a choice.
Responding in the Holyrood chamber, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson said: "Most people don't want this brought back anytime soon".
However, SNP lawmaker Alex Neil said the referendum idea could return with a vengeance if the party's demands for Brexit are not met.
The Brexit process has also raised a constitutional question over whether London would have to consult the Scottish parliament on the final deal.
She added that she intends to build "maximum support" for the proposals her party set out at the end of 2016 - which argued for both the United Kingdom and Scotland to remain part of the European single market with "substantial new powers" for Holyrood.
In some ways though, the First Minister will breathe a sigh of relief at finally dropping plans forced upon her unexpectedly early and before her party had time to re-position itself after losing in 2014.