dglobalnews.com Scottish leader puts second independence referendum on hold
Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Scottish leader puts second independence referendum on hold

Scottish leader puts second independence referendum on hold

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has delayed her government's push for a second independence referendum, saying voters are exhausted of being asked to make big decisions and that a vote should only be held once the terms of Brexit become clearer.

Earlier this year she set out her timetable for a second referendum, saying a vote should be held between autumn 2018 and spring 2019 to give Scots - the majority of whom voted to stay in the European Union - an alternative to Brexit.

In a change to her previous timetable of Autumn 2018 to Spring 2019, she empathised with voters who may feel it was too soon to reconsider the decision taken in the 2014 independence referendum.

But today (June 27) she told MSPs at Holyrood: "We will not seek to introduce the legislation for an independence referendum immediately".

Nicola Sturgeon has reset the plan set out on 13 March.

Today she set out her reflections in a speech to the Scottish Parliament.

"At the end of this period of negotiation with the European Union - likely to be around next autumn - when the terms of Brexit will be clearer, we will come back to parliament to set out our judgment on the best way forward at that time, including our view on the precise timescale for offering people a choice over the country's future", she added.

But she has been considering her options since the SNP lost 21 seats in the General Election earlier this month.

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Recent polling indicates 43 per cent of Scottish people are in favour of a second independence referendum.

Nicola Sturgeon: The SNP leader said she would "reflect" following the general election result.

In March, the Scottish parliament backed Sturgeon's proposal to request a second national referendum on independence.

After the election, Nicola Sturgeon committed to reflecting on the outcome and, in particular, on the issue of a second independence referendum.

Mr Wishart told Sky News that Scotland "still requires" a decision about whether it will follow the rest of the United Kingdom in implementing Brexit but insisted the SNP timetable had been based on the deal being clear by next autumn. The Scottish Parliament has also endorsed that position.

For now, Sturgeon restated her plea for May to allow Scottish ministers to join the negotiations between London and Brussels.

But when a tired Scottish electorate simply shrugged and accepted Brexit, even as the path to the hardest Brexit possible was set out, her confidence ebbed away too.

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