Scottish parliament backs bid for second independence referendum

Cheryl Sanders
April 1, 2017

On Tuesday, the Scottish parliament voted by 69 votes to 59 for the second referendum, but the United Kingdom government in Westminster must give its approval before any such poll can be held.

Ms Sturgeon has said that if London refuses to engage in talks on a second referendum, she will return to the Scottish Parliament after the Easter recess "to set out the steps the Scottish government will take to progress the will of Parliament".

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon smiles as she visits Genpact, an Indian multinational company, where she announced new jobs for Scotland Wednesday March 29, 2017.

"I think it makes it very hard for the Prime Minister to maintain a rational opposition to a referendum in the timescale I have set out, " Ms Sturgeon said.

The Scottish Parliament's backing for a second independence referendum must be respected, Scotland's First Minister has said.

Last week, Sturgeon recalled that Scotland voted overwhelmingly against Brexit in last year's referendum, stressing that the country should not be taken out of Europe against its will.

Meanwhile, Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats said Sturgeon was neglecting the parlous state of Scottish public services in her pursuit of an unpopular constitutional obsession.

However, the Prime Minister has said she will reject the request, arguing that a referendum would be a distraction during the crucial European Union negotiations.

Some 62 percent of Scottish voters were in favour of remaining in the EU.

The pollster found 53 per cent think the Scottish Parliament should have the right to decide if there should be a referendum in Scotland that would allow the people to choose between Brexit and independence while 35 per cent believe the decision is for Westminster.

But Scottish Secretary David Mundell seems to have hardened Westminsters opposition to a second referendum as he said the government would not be discussing any independence vote with the Scottish leadership until after Brexit.

"Legislators voted 69 percent in favor and 59 against holding a referendum on Scotlands" possible separation, a new edition of the consultation held in in September, 2014, in those who reject the separation won by 55 percent.

Holyrood has backed Sturgeons motion, which urged MSPs to authorize the Scottish National Party (SNP) government to seek a Section 30 order from Westminster.

The SNP wants to prevent Scotland being "dragged out of the EU against its will", but a survey by NatCen Social Research on Thursday found Scottish people have broadly the same opinions on the European Union as the rest of Britain.

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