March 23, 2017

Britain's May Sets Brexit Date as Scottish Nationals Step Up Independence Calls

21 March 2017, 02:57 | Darnell Patrick

Sturgeon ready to discuss the date of the referendum

Britain's May Sets Brexit Date as Scottish Nationals Step Up Independence Calls

The motion, which will be debated on Wednesday, "mandates" the Scottish Government to start negotiations with the UK Government over holding a rerun of the 2014 referendum.

He said: "The motion that the Scottish Parliament will vote upon was laid this morning and the dates which are within that are between the autumn of 2018 and spring 2019, which is precisely the proposal which the Prime Minister responded to last week".

However, her call for a second referendum took some analysts by surprise and the previous thinking was that she would only call for a second one, if the polls showed a lead of more than 10 percent for independence.

Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon said she is willing to discuss the date of the Scottish independence referendum with Theresa May, but insisted it could not be put off for long in the face of Brexit.

"If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without Scotland indicating beforehand - or at least within a short time after it - that we want a different relationship with Europe, we could face a lengthy period outside not just the European Union but also the single market". She doesn't want her hands tied and won't want to consider a referendum until Brexit has happened.

The Scottish government will now ask Holyrood to "acknowledge the sovereign right of the Scottish people to determine the form of government best suited to their needs".

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MSPs would decide the timing and franchise for the vote and the question on the ballot paper, the motion states. The UK's Brexit deal has to be agreed within 18 months, that takes us to Autumn 2018.

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie confirmed his party would vote with the government, adding: "The people of Scotland deserve to have a choice, and it's appalling to see anti-democratic Tories trying to close down our options".

Tim Farron, leader at Westminster of the Liberal Democrat Party, said May had "rushed this through without a plan, and without a clue".

"Even a good deal would be significantly worse than membership of the single market", Ms Sturgeon said.

Speaking to RT, Ms Sturgeon said: "I do think it's right that Scotland gets to remain within that European family of nations, not instead of trading across the UK".

Sturgeon tabled a motion at the Scottish Parliament asking for the go-ahead.

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