Scottish Parliament backs referendum call

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Ms Sturgeon will outline subsequent month how she will respond if a UK supervision continues to retard a referendum

Nicola Sturgeon’s call for a second referendum on autonomy for Scotland has been rigourously corroborated by a Scottish Parliament.


MSPs voted by 69 to 59 in foster of seeking accede for a referendum before a UK leaves a EU.

Ms Sturgeon says a pierce is indispensable to concede Scotland to confirm what trail to follow in a arise of a Brexit vote.

But a UK supervision has already pronounced it will retard a referendum until after a Brexit routine has been completed.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who met Ms Sturgeon for talks in Glasgow on Monday, has regularly insisted that “now is not a time” for a referendum.

Her Scottish secretary, David Mundell, has pronounced that a timescale could embody “the Brexit process, a tour of withdrawal and people being means to know what a UK’s new attribute with a EU is, so they can make an sensitive choice if there was ever to be another referendum”.

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But Ms Sturgeon, a Scottish initial minister, pronounced her charge for another opinion was now “beyond question”, and warned it would be “democratically indefensible and definitely unsustainable” to try to mount in a way.

She told a discuss brazen of a Holyrood opinion that she was not seeking quarrel with a UK government, and usually wanted “sensible discussions”.

‘Right to choose’

Ms Sturgeon said: “My justification is simply this: when a inlet of a change that is done unavoidable by Brexit becomes clear, that change should not be imposed on us, we should have a right to confirm a inlet of that change.

“The people of Scotland should have a right to select between Brexit – presumably a really tough Brexit – or apropos an eccentric country, means to draft a possess march and emanate a loyal partnership of equals opposite these islands.”

She added: “I wish a UK supervision will honour a will of this parliament. If it does so, we will enter contention in good faith and with a eagerness to compromise.

“However, if it chooses not to do so we will lapse to a council following a Easter recess to set out a stairs that a Scottish supervision will take to swell a will of parliament.”

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Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May met a hotel in Glasgow on Monday

The two-day discuss in a Scottish Parliament started final week though was dangling as news of a apprehension conflict during Westminster emerged.

MSPs were asked to charge a Scottish supervision to take brazen discussions with a UK supervision on a sum of a territory 30 order, that is indispensable to make a referendum legally binding.

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Ms Sturgeon’s minority SNP supervision was corroborated by a pro-independence Scottish Greens in a vote, with a Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems opposed.

The initial apportion is now approaching to make a grave ask for a territory 30 after this week – after Mrs May rigourously starts a Brexit routine on Wednesday by triggering Article 50.

Scottish electorate deserted autonomy by 55% to 45% in a referendum in 2014, though Ms Sturgeon believes a UK voting to leave a EU is a element change in resources that means people should again be asked a question.


Analysis by Brian Taylor, BBC Scotland domestic editor

The initial minister’s debate featured an ambiguous warning to a primary minister. Oblique in that a sum sojourn undisclosed.

If a PM worked with a wishes of a Scottish supervision (and, after tonight’s vote, parliament), afterwards there would be co-operation. If not, afterwards she would lapse after a Easter recess with an choice approach.

Broadly, what competence be involved? A celebration debate can be presumed. Motions and debates in Holyrood and Westminster can be taken as read.

And more? Ministers reckon that a UK supervision might need Holyrood agree and support during various points during a Brexit process.

Presumably, pronounced support will be absent or avaricious if UK ministers continue with their refusal even to aspect an autonomy referendum.

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Media captionDavid Mundell: “We won’t be entering into any negotiations during all until a Brexit routine is complete.”

Responding to a Holyrood vote, Mr Mundell again insisted that it “simply wouldn’t be satisfactory to reason a referendum during a Brexit process” as people would not nonetheless know what a destiny attribute between a UK and EU will be.

He added: “We are not entering into negotiations on either there should be another autonomy referendum during a Brexit process. We don’t have a clear round as to how prolonged that routine will take. We don’t recognise, for example, 18 months as being a pivotal indicate in a journey.

“It will be a tour that will engage a negotiations with a EU, it might be a tour that involves transitory measures, it might be a tour that involves poignant doing time.”


Analysis by Prof John Curtice, Strathclyde University

While Theresa May might not wish a grave referendum debate to be going on in a subsequent 18 months, we think, in truth, an spontaneous one is going to start and there is zero she can do about that.

The justification is going to be either or not it happens before or after May 2021 (when a subsequent Holyrood choosing is due).

That will depend, in part, on what a opinion polls say, both about a beliefs of holding a referendum and also where a doubt of autonomy itself stands. And also to what border Brexit is, or is not, seen to be a successful process.

All of this, undoubtedly, is intensely uncertain.


Scottish Conservative personality Ruth Davidson pronounced a preference to press brazen with an “unwanted second referendum” would usually supplement to a doubt confronting Scotland.

She added: “It provides nonetheless some-more justification that this SNP supervision has given adult on a settled priority to concentration on education, and is now vigilant of using an unconstrained debate for another opinion that people don’t want.”

Scottish Labour personality Kezia Dugdale pronounced Scotland had voted “decisively” to sojourn in a UK in a 2014 referendum, and warned a initial minister: “We are divided enough, do not order us again.”

But Ross Greer of a Scottish Greens said: “It should be a responsibility, as those inaugurated by a people of Scotland, to quarrel for their right to select their possess future.”

Lib Dem personality Willie Rennie said: “Scottish Liberal Democrats stood on a declaration to conflict a divisive referendum and we will continue to do that”.

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