Sunday 4 December 2016

Nicola Sturgeon indicates second Scottish Independence referendum 'highly likely'

Published 24/06/2016 | 11:39

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

THE First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has said the parliament will prepare legislation to hold a second Scottish Independence referendum.

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She was speaking after Britain voted to leave the EU - despite Scotland overwhelmingly voting to remain.

She said said it is "democratically unacceptable" that Scotland would be taken out of the EU "against its will" and says she will take "all possible steps and explore all options" to secure Scotland's continuing place in the EU.

Ms Sturgeon added "the option of a second independence referendum "must be on the table and it is on the table" after Scotland overwhelmingly voted to remain in the EU."

Answering questions, she described the chance of a second referendum as "highly likely".

The Scottish Government will begin to prepare the legislation required to enable a second independence referendum to take place, she said.

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