The First Minister set out her timetable for a second referendum in March, saying a vote should be held between autumn 2018 and spring 2019 to give Scots - the majority of whom voted to stay in the European Union - an alternative to Brexit.
She said plans for a second referendum bill would be shelved until autumn 2018 at earliest - to when "it is clearer what Brexit will involve". The SNP, which won the majority of Scotland's MPs but fell from 56 to 35 seats, also faced the challenge of refreshing its agenda for government after ten years in office.
Anyone waiting to declare that Nicola Sturgeon has been forced to do a U-turn over her plans for a second independence referendum will have been sorely disappointed today.
Sturgeon said that she had been told "hundreds" of times through conversations since June's election that people were anxious about the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, and wanted a break from making big political decisions.
She told the Scottish Parliament that her government "remains committed strongly to the principle of giving Scotland a choice at the end of this (Brexit) process".
"They want the Scottish government to focus as hard as we can on securing the best possible outcome for Scotland".
He branded Ms Sturgeon's statement "deeply disappointing" and said they were "the words of a First Minister who is not listening, who is out of touch and who - rather than serving Scotland - has become a prisoner of her independence-obsessed party".
Prime Minister Theresa May said Tuesday that Sturgeon should "completely take off the table the question of a second independence referendum in Scotland".
Right now, the Scottish Government will seek maximum support for proposals to keep us in the Single Market.
It is unclear, however, whether she will be able to reinvigorate the independence cause, given the divisive nature of referendums per se and the political chaos into which Britain has been thrown by Brexit.
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.
The party's MSPs helped the minority Scottish Government win a vote to demand powers to hold another ballot. "We have not done that yet but I have no doubt that we can", she continued.
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said: "The First Minister is digging her heels in, putting her fingers in her ears and pressing on regardless".
"We will do everything we can to influence the United Kingdom in that direction", Ms Sturgeon said.