Holyrood's backing for new independence vote must be respected: Nicola Sturgeon


The news outlet pointed out that British Prime Minister Theresa May "has repeatedly insisted that "now is not the time" for a new vote.

The legislature in Edinburgh voted 69-59 to seek Britain's parliamentary endorsement, which is required, for a referendum that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wants to hold within two years - before Britain has completed its departure from the 28-nation European Union.

The two-day debate on a new referendum took place on March 21-22 but the voting was postponed in light of the Westminster terrorist attack.

However the United Kingdom government, which has said "now is not the time" for a referendum as the United Kingdom negotiates Brexit for two years, immediately hardened its stand, raising the prospect of more delays, potentially taking a referendum beyond the next Scottish election in 2021.

"We have been joined together as one country for more than 300 years".

She added: "I hope the United Kingdom government will respect the will of this parliament". Not when we have no clear picture as to what either Brexit or independence will look like.

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That timing has already been rejected by Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain, who must agree to any legally binding referendum on Scotland's future.

"Today's vote must now be respected", Sturgeon said afterward, according to Britain's Press Association.

"I think now is not the time to focus on a second independence referendum or to be looking at that second referendum".

Challenging her at Prime Minister's Questions, he asked Mrs May if she had "considered in terms of invoking Article 50 that now is not the time".

She said: "We have made it clear: now is not the time to go back to another divisive referendum".

But plumber Brian Hamilton, 45, said he'd be happier if members of the Scottish National Party government "got on with their day jobs" rather than focusing on Europe.

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Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale also opposed a second vote: "Brexit isn't the motivation for another referendum, it's just the latest excuse".

"This process can not be a stitch-up between Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May".

Khan said that though he didn't vote for Brexit, he is optimistic about London's future.

Ensuring that the province's hard-won peace is not upset by Brexit, and that there is no reintroduction of a hard border with the Republic of Ireland, is a priority for both Britain and the EU. She started out calling for full membership of the European Union, but analyst say this might not be her final position on it. Nicholas Cross, a lecturer at Edinburgh University, believes the SNP, like Theresa May, is having to face up to the complexities of Brexit and the options it may or may not present in the future.

Pollsters say support for Scottish independence is roughly where it was in 2014.

"The blunt truth is that the constitutional debate will determine how working people will do over the coming years, and whether or not our economy is going to succeed".

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