Sturgeon confirms plans for new Scottish independence vote

Francis Osborne
March 16, 2017

With British prime minister Theresa May looking likely to trigger divorce proceedings this week, Sturgeon said she had to act to "make sure that Scotland will have a choice at the end of this process".

"The evidence clearly shows that a majority of people in Scotland do not want a second independence referendum".

The Prime Minister told MPs it was "not a moment to play politics or create uncertainty" and accused the Scottish National Party of "constitutional game playing".

Sturgeon stated that she will ask Scottish Parliament to request a Section 30 order from Westminster.

She will head to the Scottish Parliament next week hoping to get the first steps underway on another referendum on independence.

Scotland rejected independence by 55 per cent in a September 2014 vote and the British government says that settled the question. She further pointed out that only 32 per cent of Scotland voted in favour of Brexit, whereas, 68 per cent wanted to remain within the European Union.

He explained that where the SNP's efforts are "currently focused is trying to convince the United Kingdom government to come to a compromise agreement protecting Scotland's place in Europe".

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But Sturgeon and her supporters have argued the Brexit vote changed all that since Scotland voted for Britain to remain in the European Union by 62 per cent in the June 2016 referendum.

Spain's foreign minister has warned Scotland would "have to queue" to rejoin Europe in the event it achieved independence.

However, the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Monday insisted that she will call a referendum unless May offers a "compromise" which would allow Scotland to continue to be a member of the Single Market after Brexit.

"If I ruled out a referendum, I would be deciding, completely unilaterally, that Scotland will follow the United Kingdom to a hard Brexit come-what-may, no matter how damaging to our economy and our society it turns out to be", she said.

London's conservative government has expressed reservations, but not officially responded to prior suggestions of a new vote by Sturgeon's pro-independence movement.

But here's the key point: we're not proposing that the referendum be held until Autumn 2018 at the earliest.

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