Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Scotland's MPs back independence referendum

MSPs have backed Nicola Sturgeon's calls for a second independence referendum in Scotland.
The Scottish Parliament voted 69 to 59 in favour of the First Minister's plan to seek permission from the UK Government for a vote to be held between autumn next year and spring 2019.

Ms Sturgeon's minority government won the vote with help from the Scottish Greens.

After the vote, Ms Sturgeon said the referendum would be "first and foremost, about giving the people of Scotland a choice on this country's future".

She faces an uphill battle, however, as Prime Minister Theresa May has already promised to block another referendum during the Brexit negotiations.

A UK Government spokeswoman echoed this, saying they would "not be entering into negotiations on the Scottish Government's proposal".

She added: "At this point, all our focus should be on our negotiations with the European Union, making sure we get the right deal for the whole of the UK.

"It would be unfair to the people of Scotland to ask them to make a crucial decision without the necessary information about our future relationship with Europe, or what an independent Scotland would look like."

But Ms Sturgeon said the MSPs' vote "must now be respected".

She added: "The mandate for a referendum is beyond question and it would be democratically indefensible - and utterly unsustainable - to attempt to stand in the way of it."

SKY     News.