Scottish leader to seek independence vote in 2 years

Scottish leader to seek independence vote in 2 years

Scottish leader to seek independence vote in 2 years

Her demand comes as British Prime Minister Theresa May is poised to launch the Brexit process, something opposed by most Scots in last June's vote on leaving the bloc.

The move comes after almost two thirds (62 percent) of Scots opted to stay in the European Union in June 2016, but the United Kingdom as a whole voted for Brexit.

Meanwhile, the price of oil hits a three-month low and political concerns reign with the Dutch election due on Wednesday, the Scottish leader campaigning for a referendum on independence and Brexit's about to begin.

SCVO director of public affairs John Downie said: "We will work hard to make sure Scotland's charities and voluntary organisations, and the people and communities they support, are heard prominently as the country moves toward a second independence referendum".

Responding to the announcement from Edinburgh, May's spokesman said: "Another referendum would be divisive and cause huge economic uncertainty at the worst possible time".

She said the referendum should be held between autumn 2018 and spring 2019, when the shape of the final Brexit deal has become clear. "I think that independence would be catastrophic for many people in Scotland".

With the prospect of a "hard Brexit"-a clean break from the European Union that would have Britain completely abandon the single-market of the EU-looming, Sturgeon believes Scotland can not just hope for the best".

However Theresa May, the UK Prime Minister, has a veto on the timing of the vote and ultimately whether it takes place at all.

"If Scotland can be ignored on an issue as important as the European Union and the single market then it is clear that our voice can be ignored at any time and on any issue", said Sturgeon in a press conference on Monday.

Scots voted on independence in September 2014, and 55% of voters opted to remain in the UK.

"The [UK govenment] are not interested in or willing to compromise, that is why I find myself in the position I am in today", said Ms Sturgeon.

A Section 30 order would be needed to allow the Scottish parliament to set the stage for a fresh referendum but May is yet to say if she would grant permission.

She said legislation would be proposed in the Scottish parliament next week. We do not want to be divided again, but that is exactly what another independence referendum would do.

Sturgeon wouldn't be drawn on which currency Scotland would choose in the event of a referendum.

Ms May is unlikely to block a second independence referendum for Scotland but she could seek to delay it until after Britain leaves the EU.

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