Brexit: Scotland's leader Nicola Sturgeon seeks new independence referendum

Brexit: Scotland's leader Nicola Sturgeon seeks new independence referendum

Brexit: Scotland's leader Nicola Sturgeon seeks new independence referendum

"The tunnel vision that the SNP has shown today is deeply regrettable".

Sturgeon however did want to elaborate on what she would do if London blocked Scotland from holding a second referendum.

According to Theresa May's spokeswoman, the Scottish government had better "focus on delivering good government and public services for the people in Scotland".

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 will seek Scottish Parliament's permission to request a Section 30 order from the Westminster government next week, which will allow a fresh legally-binding referendum to be held once consent is granted.

Angus Robertson, the SNP's most senior figure in the British parliament, told The Guardian newspaper that a referendum could be avoided if Scotland was allowed to stay in the European Union single market.

Scotland rejected independence by 55 per cent in a September 2014 vote and the British government says that settled the question. While a majority of voters in England and Wales chose to leave the European Union, 62 percent of Scottish voters opted to stay.

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And no matter what the people of Scotland think.

She added: "The option of no change is no longer available".

Scottish independence will be back on the ballot within the next two years if First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has her way.

May's cabinet has also been caught off-guard by the timing of the vote proposed by Sturgeon.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that she would move quickly to give voters a new chance to leave the United Kingdom because Scotland was being forced into a "hard Brexit" that it didn't vote for. At the time, pro-independence leaders said the vote was a "once-in-a-generation" choice.

Scotland voted overwhelmingly in favour of retaining membership of the European Union in the June 2016 referendum, but was set to withdraw along with the rest of the United Kingdom as voters in England and Wales tipped the overall balance by voting to leave.

"May would like the referendum to take place after Brexit has been negotiated", said Wyn Grant, professor of politics at Warwick University.

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