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Tuesday 14th
posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

NICOLA STURGEON confirmed yesterday that she will ask to hold a second independence referendum in Scotland, accusing the Tories of ignoring Scots’ opinions on leaving the EU.

The SNP leader said the vote will enable Scots to opt to remain in the European Union (EU) or leave with the rest of Britain.

Nearly two-thirds (62 per cent) of Scots opted to stay in the European Union in June last year despite Britain as a whole voting for Brexit.

The plans will be debated by members of the Scottish Parliament next week and will go to Westminster if they are in favour.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the party would oppose the proposal in the Scottish parliament. However, he said, if Holyrood decided it wanted to hold a referendum Labour would not seek to block the vote in Westminster.

But Mr Corbyn confirmed that if “there is another referendum, Labour will oppose independence because it is not in the interests of any part of the country to break up the UK.”

The second referendum could take place as early as autumn 2018 — just four years after Scotland voted by 55 per cent to 45 per cent to remain in Britain.

Ms Sturgeon said: “I will now take the steps necessary to make sure that Scotland will have a choice at the end of this process — a choice of whether to follow the UK to a hard Brexit or to become an independent country, able to secure a real partnership of equals with the rest of the UK and our own relationship with Europe.”

A Downing Street spokesman warned a second Scottish independence referendum would be “divisive” and “cause huge economic uncertainty at the worst possible time.”