Second independence vote for Scotland divisive for Britain: leading politicians

Maxine SotoMar 17, 2017

"We have been clear that the prime minister will trigger Article 50 by the end of March", her spokesman said ahead of the vote, heavily emphasising the word "end".

At a press conference on Monday morning at the first minister's official residence, Bute House in Edinburgh, Sturgeon said the United Kingdom government had failed to compromise with her ahead of the triggering of Article 50. However, the unelected House of Lords also said that European Union residents of Britain have the right to remain and gave Parliament more say in the final talk on leaving the EU.

Ms May rejected Ms Sturgeon's accusation that she had failed to accommodate Scotland's interests in her approach to leaving the European Union, insisting that she was working closely with all the devolved administrations.

While Prime Minister Theresa May has not yet said whether or not she will approve the request, her official spokesperson has responded to Strugeon by saying the previous vote "clearly showed a majority of people in Scotland do not want a second independence referendum". Theresa May has rejected Nicola Sturgeon's proposed timetable for a referendum before the Brexit negotiations are complete.

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If the referendum is held before Britain's deal with the EU27 is known, the contest will be between one hypothetical relationship between the European Union and Britain, and the fixed pre-conditions of Scottish membership of the EU or the EEA. This is done using a legal mechanism called a Section 30 order. Read my speech here.

He argued that the choice the pro-independence campaign would offer voters would be not just about Europe but about Scottish values that he said were "frankly outward looking. not narrow-minded and rejecting of refugees and people who have come from other shores".

However, May has not explicitly revealed so far whether she would block a second Scottish independence referendum.

Sturgeon said she's been trying to reach a Brexit compromise with Westminster, but has been met with a "brick wall of intransigence".

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The First Minister indicated there was little chance of a compromise with the UK Government on the issue of Scotland having a special deal to stay in the European single market.

The first minister said another referendum is needed to protect Scottish interests, which are threatened by the UK's move to leave the EU.

Sturgeon said she was not turning back on further discussions should United Kingdom government change its mind.

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