Nicola Sturgeon calls for second Scottish independence referendum

Toni Houston
March 16, 2017

"Now might not be the best time for the SNP to hold a second referendum", the NatCen centre said, referring to Sturgeon's Scottish National Party.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed Monday she would request permission from U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May to hold a referendum on Scottish independence after the U.K.'s parliament officially voted to exit the European Union a year ago.

Sturgeon said: 'I will continue to stand up for Scotland's interests during the process of Brexit negotiations.

"The tunnel vision that SNP has shown today is deeply regrettable", Mrs May said.

Sturgeon believes she can win a second independence referendum this time around because of the implications of Brexit for the country and to resist being forcibly taken out of the European Union single market.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that the Scottish government would hold a second independence referendum.

Ultimately, it is the British Parliament in Westminster - where Mrs May commands a majority - which makes the call on whether Scotland can hold a second referendum. By a narrow margin, people in Scotland believed they got less out of being part of the United Kingdom than they put in, and would be better off financially outside the union.

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

She added: "The option of no change is no longer available". May's United Kingdom government must then grant permission for a second vote.

Addressing journalists at Bute House, Ms Sturgeon said she has no choice but to support another independence vote after a first referendum was defeated in 2014.

On the other hand, Sturgeon is keen on having the referendum before Brexit takes place to maximise the possibility of Scotland remaining or swiftly rejoining the bloc.

But she said it was important to be "frank about the challenges we face and clear about the opportunities independence will give us to secure our relationship with Europe, build a stronger and more sustainable economy and create a fairer society".

Ms Sturgeon blamed Theresa May for the step, saying the Prime Minister had denied Scotland the chance to stay in the single market.

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