Nicola Sturgeon calls for second Scottish independence referendum

Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and First Minister of Scotland, has demanded another referendum before the UK leaves the European Union.

“If Scotland is to have a real choice – when the terms of Brexit are known but before it is too late to choose our own course – then that choice must be offered between the autumn of next year, 2018, and the spring of 2019,” said Sturgeon.

The vote represents Scotland’s anger at the results of the referendum. While 52% of the UK voted to leave the European Union, the vast majority of Scotland voted to remain in the bloc.

Prime Minister Theresa May holds the majority in the U.K. parliament, where such a referendum would have to be approved. She is unlikely to oppose it, however, as such a move could potentially spark a constitutional crisis.

Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn, of the Labour Party, said he would not oppose the vote if the Scottish Parliament approved it, which would place more pressure on May’s government to ultimately make the decision, and should it fail, force them to take the blame from Scottish voters.

He did, however, go on to say that in the case of such a referendum, the Labour Party would campaign against independence.

The last Scottish referendum on independence was held in 2014, and ended with the remain side winning with 55%.

Sturgeon went on to tell reporters that she believed she could absolutely win such a referendum, while polls show the electorate currently split 50-50.

Prime Minister Theresa May has criticized the move, calling it divisive, and saying it would hurt the economy at a time when the UK must be strong and united.

(Image: GETTY)

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