Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed she will ask for permission to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence in light of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.
In a speech given ahead of the Article 50 bill arriving back in the House of Commons, the first minister of Scotland said she wanted the vote to be held between Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019.
Announcing her decision, Sturgeon said she feels as if the UK government is “moving further away from compromise”, with the language “becoming harder and harder”.
“In short, it’s not just our relationship with Europe that’s at stake. It’s the type of country that we’ll become,” she said.
Theresa May, who is looking to formally begin the process of leaving the EU as early as Tuesday, has been reluctant to say whether a second referendum would be approved.
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