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Nicola Sturgeon calls for fresh independence referendum due to Brexit

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Published: 12:43 GMT, Mar 13, 2017 |
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The Scottish leader said she expected a referendum to take place sometime between fall next year and spring 2019.

In a speech in Edinburgh, the First Minister said that the language of partnership from the United Kingdom had “gone completely” in relation to Scotland’s view on Brexit.

“Scotland stands at a hugely important crossroads,” she told reporters in Edinburgh.

“On the eve of Article 50 being triggered, not only is there no U.K.-wide agreement on the way ahead – the U.K. government has not moved even an inch in pursuit of compromise and agreement.

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

Scotland voted 62% to 38% to remain in Europe, but as it currently exists as part of the United Kingdom would be forced to leave the European Union.

Sturgeon told reporters that she would take steps to make sure Scotland would have the right choose whether to become an independent country.

Nicola Sturgeon says she will give Scots a “real choice” between Brexit and leaving the UK in a second vote on independence.

The First Minister confirmed she is to seek the approval of the Scottish Parliament next week to start negotiations with the UK Government on staging a fresh referendum.

That could see a second independence vote take place as early as autumn 2018 – just four years on from when Scots voted by 55% to 45% to stay part of the United Kingdom.

Speaking at her official residence, Bute House in Edinburgh, the First Minister said: “I will now take the steps necessary to make sure that Scotland will have a choice at the end of this process – a choice of whether to follow the UK to a hard Brexit or to become an independent country, able to secure a real partnership of equals with the rest of the UK and our own relationship with Europe.”