BreakingNews: Britain will Seize To Exist Says Nichola Sturgeon Also Demand Referendum For Scotland (See) - eritvnews

BreakingNews: Britain will Seize To Exist Says Nichola Sturgeon Also Demand Referendum For Scotland (See)

The Scottish Government will move to hold a
second referendum on independence from the
United Kingdom, the country's First Minister
has announced, blaming the UK Government's
lack of compromise over Brexit.
Nicola Sturgeon made the announcement in a
speech on Monday morning at Bute House, as
MPs in Westminster prepared to give Theresa
May the power to trigger Article 50 and begin
Brexit negotiations.


She said the UK Government had "not moved
even an inch in pursuit of compromise and
agreement" with the Scottish Government over
Brexit and that even a good deal would be
"significantly inferior" to the status quo.
Ms May, however, accused Ms Sturgeon of
playing "games" and the SNP of having "tunnel
vision".


In her announcement at Bute House, Ms
Sturgeon said: "If Scotland can be ignored on
an issue as important as the EU and the single
market then it is clear that our voice can be
ignored at any time and on any issue."
The First Minister said the vote had to be held
between Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019 –
before it was "too late" but after "the terms of
Brexit are known". The First Minister says she
will apply to the UK Government to authorise
the referendum but that it should respect the
will of the Scottish Parliament.

Under the so-called "Section 30 order" used to
a call a referendum the UK Parliament must
authorise a poll – meaning Ms Sturgeon's call
could be blocked by Theresa May.
She added: "The option of no change is no
longer available. But we will give the Scottish
people a choice about the kind of change we
want."

“I believe that it would be wrong for Scotland
to be taken down a path that it has no control
over regardless of the consequences for our
economy, for our society, for our place in the
world, for our very sense of who we are as a
country. That would be wrong, and therefore
my judgement is that we should have that
choice," she said.

"I believe that in a referendum the Scottish
people will opt for independence, but that will
be the choice of the Scottish people and I’ve
been very clear that that will be an informed
choice.”


The SNP won the Scottish Parliament elections
last year on a manifesto that explicitly said
another referendum was an option if Scotland
was "taken out of the EU against our will".
Scotland voted by 62 per cent to stay in the
the European Union while the UK as a whole
voted out. Theresa May has also confirmed that
she will take Britain out of the single market –
one of the "red lines" previously set by Ms
Sturgeon for another vote.

The SNP's 2016 manifesto said: "We believe
that the Scottish Parliament should have the
right to hold another referendum if there is
clear and sustained evidence that independence
has become the preferred option of a majority
of the Scottish people – or if there is a
significant and material change in the
circumstances that prevailed in 2014, such as
Scotland being taken out of the EU against our
will."

Reacting to Ms Sturgeon's announcement, the
Prime Minister Theresa May said: “The tunnel
vision that the SNP has shown today is deeply
regrettable. It sets Scotland on a course for
more uncertainty and division, creating huge
uncertainty.


“This is at a time when the Scottish people,
the majority of the Scottish people, do not
want a second independence referendum.
“Instead of playing politics with the future of
our country the Scottish government should
focus on delivering good government and
public services for the people of Scotland.
Politics is not a game.”


The first referendum on independence was held
in September 2014 and was won by the
unionist side by 55 per cent to 45 per cent.
Labour's Jeremy Corbyn said this week that his
party would not stand in the way of a second
Scottish independence referendum if one was
called.


A UK Government spokesperson said: “As the
Prime Minister has set out, the UK Government
seeks a future partnership with the EU that
works for the whole of the United Kingdom.
The UK Government will negotiate that
agreement, but we will do so taking into
account the interests of all of the nations of the
UK.

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