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Nicola Sturgeon ‘Determined’ to Have Second Vote on Scottish Independence

File photo dated 17/8/2016 of Nicola Sturgeon, who has accused the Scottish Conservative Party of wanting to silence Scotland’s vote to remain in the European Union.

Scotland’s first minister said she remained “determined” to have an independence referendum on her timescale despite Theresa May saying that “now is not the time”.

Nicola Sturgeon told BBC Scotland it would be “anti-democratic” for the UK government to block a referendum.

And she said she would consider her options if the will of the Scottish Parliament “is not respected”.

Mrs May said the focus should be on securing the best possible Brexit deal.

She added that it would not be fair for the people of Scotland to be asked to make a decision on independence before the terms of Brexit were clear.

Speaking shortly after the prime minister, Scottish Secretary David Mundell clarified that the UK government “will not be entering into discussions or negotiations” about referendum, and that “any request at this time will be declined”.

Ms Sturgeon wants a referendum to be held in the autumn of next year or the spring of 2019, to coincide with the expected conclusion of the UK’s negotiations with the EU.

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SOURCE: BBC News

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BCNN1 • March 20, 2017


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