Scottish independence: First minister Nicola Sturgeon seeks another refrendum

Mar 17, 2017, 01:16
Scottish independence: First minister Nicola Sturgeon seeks another refrendum

"I can not pretend to the Scottish people that a compromise agreement looks remotely likely", she said, adding: "I'm doing what I think is right for the country".

Sturgeon made her dramatic announcement at a hastily-arranged press conference at her official residence in Bute House, Edinburgh.

Sturgeon's decision comes after Brexit, a close UK-wide referendum in which citizens voted to leave the European Union. Past year we were elected with the highest share of the constituency vote own by any party in the history of devolution on a manifesto that said this - "the Scottish Parliament should have the right to hold another referendum if there is a significant and material change in the circumstances that prevailed in 2014, such as Scotland being taken out of the European Union against our will".

"I think just now we should be putting all our energies into getting that good deal", she said.

The first minister said Scottish voters must be given the choice of whether to "follow the United Kingdom to a hard Brexit or to become an independent country".

Mike Russell said the Scottish Government had come to the view it was "hard to see" a deal being done with Westminster that would avoid another vote on leaving the UK.

MSPs are due to vote next Wednesday on whether to seek a section 30 order from the United Kingdom government, which would be needed to make any referendum legally binding.

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She added that the "evidence is that the Scottish people, the majority of the Scottish people, do not want a second independence referendum".

She said by then, details of Britain's post-Brexit deal with the European Union would be clear and Scottish voters would be able to make "an informed choice".

The SNP leader said the independence ballot would take place between autumn 2018 and spring 2019 and would involve a simple "yes" or "no" option. There was no immediate response from British Prime Minister Theresa May's office.

The First Minister indicated there was little chance of a compromise with the UK Government on the issue of Scotland having a special deal to stay in the European single market.

"It is just as important that we do not leave it [the referendum] too late to choose a different path in a timely way", the Scottish first minister said.

"All of our efforts at compromise have been met with a brick wall of intransigence".

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