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Sturgeon Hits Back at May With Demand for Pre-Brexit Scots Vote

Nicola Sturgeon’s increased ratings come despite a decline in approval of her handling of core issues such as education James Glossop  Reuters Nicola Sturgeon’s increased ratings come despite a decline in approval of her handling of core issues such as education James Glossop Reuters
Saul Franklin | 18 March, 2017, 04:06

May today told ITV that "now is not the time" for a second vote, and speaking tomorrow she will commit herself to negotiating a Brexit deal for all of the UK's constituent nations.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has refused to rule out holding a wildcat independence referendum unauthorised by Downing Street.

Earlier this week, Sturgeon announced she plans to ask the Scottish Parliament next week to back her call for a new referendum to decide if Scotland should remain as part of Britain.

It perhaps says something about the times when a full-blown row between the Scottish and UK Governments about whether there should be a second referendum on Scottish independence is only one of the nominees for most significant constitutional event of the a year ago.

The SNP is expected to win the vote in the Scottish Parliament with support from the Greens.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will seek to rally her party faithful Friday after a week in which her political honeymoon abruptly ended, laying bare her weaknesses over Brexit.

Sturgeon wants a new referendum next year or early 2019, saying Britain's decision to leave the European Union changes the situation for Scotland which voted remain last June.

The Labour Party in Scotland said it would vote against a second independence referendum.

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The kind of people, they believe, who are committed to the United Kingdom or who simply don't want another independence referendum.

She added: "Just because the Prime Minister has said, a Tory Prime Minister with one MP in Scotland, she is going to defy the will of the democratically elected Scottish Parliament does not mean I have to immediately accept that it is a sustainable position".

While Sturgeon has pledged to hold another referendum, former Respect MP and host of RT's Sputnik program George Galloway has cast doubt on Scotland's chances of becoming a member of the European Union once independent, claiming the country is "far from being in love with the European Union in the way the SNP like to think".

"So when the terms of Brexit are known - and not before - we will give the people the choice over the direction Scotland should take - before it is too late to change course".

"If a majority in the Scottish Parliament endorses that position, the Prime Minister should be clear about this".

Scottish Secretary David Mundell said: "The proposal brought forward is not fair, people will not be able to make an informed choice".

She will tell the Prime Minister: "If her concern is timing then - within reason - I am happy to have that discussion".

Gordon Brown is to set out a "third option" for Scotland's future, based on more powers being transferred to Holyrood after Brexit. The country's First Minister has been no less robust in her counter-criticism, saying that "our efforts at compromise have been met with a brick wall of intransigence".

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