Scotland Open To Second Independence Vote In 2018

Scotland Open To Second Independence Vote In 2018

Scotland Open To Second Independence Vote In 2018

Pro-Independence supporters are pictured in Edinburgh, Scotland, on September 19, 2014, as referendum results are announced.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said: "Nicola Sturgeon has just admitted what everybody already knew - that the SNP is hell-bent on taking Scotland back to another divisive independence referendum and will use any excuse to do so".

In an interview with the BBC broadcast Thursday, she said she was not bluffing about holding another vote and was looking for ways to maintain Scotland's ties with the EU.

The SNP's economic spokesman Stewart Hosie this week appeared to declare support for the idea of an autumn 2018 referendum, telling the BBC that it would "make sense" to hold another Scotland-wide vote in this window.

She added: "I'm not ruling anything out".

Interestingly, an autumn 2018 referendum would take place midway through Britain's exit talks with the European Union, which suggests that Sturgeon feels the "yes" vote would have a better chance of winning before Article 50 talks are concluded.

In order for Scotland to hold a second referendum it would have be granted permission by Westminster and May is not inclined to do so until Britain has left the European Union by 2019.

The Deputy First Minister said: "At the first available opportunity they have come back together again".

But Sturgeon stressed she had not yet made that decision.

"I don't want to see another independence referendum". This fell to 24 per cent when respondents were asked to rate how well she was doing in representing Scotland's interests in the process of the United Kingdom leaving the EU.

"Too much of the way in which the campaign was fought allowed to be characterised as a contest between governments in Holyrood and Westminster".

Another referendum in Scotland looks doubtful as they would have to be approved Theresa May beforehand.

Sources also say that No10 would try to delay the vote until Britain has left the EU. I suggested that Sturgeon's sense of urgency might be explained by opinion polls showing her "tanking" approval rating.

Ipsos MORI last polled Scots on the subject six months ago, with support for independence rising by two percentage points during the period.

"Both sides agreed to abide by that and we think both sides should. Rather than cast our future under further doubt, Nicola Sturgeon needs to act like a first minister, provide some certainty for Scotland, and rule it out".

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