The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has confirmed that she will seek legislation for a second referendum on Scottish independence next week.
At a press conference on Monday morning, Mrs Sturgeon said that the referendum will be held in either Autumn 2018 or Spring 2019.
Mrs Sturgeon will face challenges, however, as both the House of Commons and House of Lords have to approve the referendum.
Jeremy Corbyn has confirmed that the Labour Party will not block another referendum from taking place.
The referendum will be held because of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy – something the Scottish National Party are not happy with.
Scotland as a whole voted to remain a member of the European Union in last year’s referendum. Mrs Sturgeon says that she wants the Scottish people to have a choice between ‘hard Brexit’ and independence.
Nicola Sturgeon says there is feeling in the European Union that Scotland would be “accepted and respected” if it was to become a sovereign state.
The Queen would still be Head of State in an independent Scotland, although there is still uncertainty on other aspects.
A Downing Street spokesperson has said: “Only a little over two years ago, people in Scotland voted to decisively to remain part of our United Kingdom in a referendum that the Scotish Government defined as a ‘once in a generation’ vote. The evidence clearly shows that a majority of people in Scotland do not want a second independence referendum.”
“Another Scottish independence referendum would be divisive & cause huge economic uncertainty at worst possible time.”
Number 10 spokesperson
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