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Scotland calls for second vote on independence

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Scotland’s first minister and leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon says a second referendum on Scottish independence is now “highly likely” in the wake of the UK voting to leave the EU.

The BBC reports Sturgeon says it is “democratically impossible” for Scotland to face the prospect of coming out of the EU, when 62 per cent of the country voted in favour of remain.

At a news conference earlier today, Sturgeon said: “Let me be clear. Whatever happens as a result of this outcome, England, Wales and Northern Ireland will always be Scotland’s closest neighbours and our best friends – nothing will change that.

“But I want to leave no-one in any doubt about this. I am proud of Scotland and how we voted yesterday.

“We proved that we are a modern, outward-looking and inclusive country and we said clearly that we do not want to leave the European Union.

“I am determined to do what it takes to make sure these aspirations are realised.”

The Scottish Cabinet will meet tomorrow to discuss next steps.

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  1. The Scottish referendum was about whether Scotland wanted to be part of the UK. It was also done in the full knowledge that an EU referendum was to take place. Scotland voted to stay in the UK, which means that it chose to be subject to the decision that the UK would make on the EU. Just because you bring a manifesto out after losing the Scottish referendum and then you get voted back in, when you know full well that you are going to be voted back in whatever you put in that manifesto, doesn’t mean that the manifesto trumps the referendum. That, to me, is ‘democratically unacceptable’. And by the way, London voted 59.9% to stay in versus 62% in Scotland, so not much difference, but Londoners have to go with the flow.

    Also, as yet, Britain won’t know what its relationship with the EU will turn into over the next 2 years whilst negotiations take place. Britain might negotiate a scenario that Scotland might feel is better than full membership of the EU, but if the Scottish referendum occurs before this is known, how would Scotland know what they are voting for/against?

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