dglobalnews.com Scotland formally requests referendum, United Kingdom plans to deny it
Published: Tue, April 04, 2017
Markets | By Armando Jensen

Scotland formally requests referendum, United Kingdom plans to deny it

File image of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

But in voting north of the border in last summer's Brexit referendum, Scotland expressed its wish to stay in the bloc.

Nonetheless, Sturgeon announced that the Scottish government would seek to hold an independence ballot between autumn of 2018 and spring of 2019, before Britain had finalised its European Union withdrawal, according to the report.

Scotland's first minister formally requested a second referendum on independence today, declaring that Scots have the right to exercise their right of self-determination.

Writing to May following the Scottish parliament vote backing a referendum, Sturgeon made her formal request to open talks on a Section 30 order that would facilitate it, according to local media reports.

In the message seeking powers to stage that vote, Sturgeon said agreeing a deal on a referendum should be "a relatively straightforward process" given both governments had already gone through it.

A spokesman for May said the United Kingdom government would respond in due course but ruled out discussions on a second secession vote before Britain leaves the EU.

May has said a second referendum would be "divisive and cause huge economic uncertainty at the worst possible time".

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When it resumed on Tuesday, the minority SNP government was backed by the pro-independence Scottish Greens in the vote, with the Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems opposed.

She added: "The Prime Minister has indicated that she intends to ignore the will of the Scottish Parliament and seek to prevent people in Scotland having that choice".

"I hope that will be by constructive discussion between our governments".

May met Ms Sturgeon for talks in Glasgow on Monday, but has insisted her government will not enter into negotiations with the Scottish Government until the Brexit matter is resolved.

"As you are aware, the Scottish Parliament has now determined by a clear majority that there should be an independence referendum", Sturgeon wrote.

"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".

Britain's government has said it will deny the request.

But Ms Sturgeon says Brexit has altered conditions dramatically.

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