Scotland to seek another independence vote
Nicola Sturgeon the Scottish first minister has confirmed today that Scotland will seek a second vote on leaving the UK.
Nicola Sturgeon the First minister of Scotland has said she will look to give the Scottish people another choice on whether they want to be part of the UK or to become an independent country. She is going to put that choice to a vote between Autumn 2018 to Spring 2019.
Sturgeon said she was moving towards this vote because the UK government had failed to move towards a compromise on EU negotiations.
Scotland had voted in majority to remain as part of the EU in the Brexit elections of last year.
“We accepted that Scotland would leave the EU despite the 62% vote to remain but we argued that the UK should stay in the single market or seek an outcome that would allow Scotland to do so. We set out how greater powers for the Scottish parliament could help protect Scotland’s interest in a post-Brexit landscape,’ she said.
“The language of partnership has gone completely. If Scotland can be ignored on an issue as important as the membership of the EU, it is clear our voice and interests can be ignored at any time,’ she added.
Ireland and Scotland enjoy good relations. With recent figures showing that Ireland was Scotland's eight largest export market worth some £920 mn while Irish companies were responsible for some €270m trade in 2013.
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