Brexit Prompts second Scottish Referendum
Monday, 13 March 2017

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Monday that she will ask the Parliament in Edinburgh to support holding a new referendum on independence. The proposal was overruled in 2014, with 55 percent of Scots voting to maintain their 310 years old union with England. But, the subsequent successful Brexit referendum reignited calls for secession in Scotland, where the majority of the citizens voted in favor of remaining in the European Union.

"Right now, Scotland stands at a hugely important crossroads. We didn't choose to be in this position. In common with most people across the country, I wish that we weren't. But we are, and the stakes are high - so we must have a plan for the way forward. For better or worse - depending on your point of view - the future of the UK looks very different today than it did two years ago. 

As a result of the Brexit vote we face a future, not just outside the EU, but also outside the world's biggest single market", Sturgeon said, adding that with the collapse of the Labour Party, Scotland faces co-existing with a dominant Conservative Party in England for decades.

She blamed Prime Minister Theresa May of doing nothing to protect Scotland's interests in the talks with the European Union, forcing her to put a decision on leaving the United Kingdom, as the Government in London finalizes the leaving of the European Union.

Sturgeon said that the referendum will be held between the times when the conditions on Britain's leaving of the European Union are clear, which should be the Autumn of 2018, and before it's too late to act to possibly remain in the European Union as an independent Scotland, and that would be the Spring of 2019.

May's Government responded that the Prime Minister is working with devolved administrations, such as Scotland, to secure the best deal possible in the Brexit talks, and that it is clear that a majority of Scots do not want a new referendum for independence.


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