Saturday 22 July 2017

Second Scottish referendum if taken off hard Brexit 'cliff edge' - Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon
Nicola Sturgeon
Michael Cogley

Michael Cogley

Scotland may vote on its independence again if it is taken off a "hard Brexit cliff edge", the country's first minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.

The Scottish electorate voted against independence in 2014 but Ms Sturgeon told RTÉ's Morning Ireland that if Britain takes a hard line in its Brexit negotiations the vote may be put to the people once more.

Being forced out of the European Single Market would trigger another vote as Ms Sturgeon said "it is not what we (the Scottish people) voted for".

"If Scotland was taken out of the EU against their will then the Scottish parliament would have the right to propose another referendum in these circumstances.

"We will explore all options to protect Scotland's interests. But if we get to a situation where Sctoland is being taken off a hard Brexit cliff edge with seriously damaging implications for our economy, jobs, investment, living standards, then I think in those circumstances Scotland would have the right to decide," she said.

The first minister, who is on a two-day visit to Ireland, also criticised the UK Government for not having a plan when it came to Brexit negotiations, saying it doesn't have a "clear idea" as to what it wants.

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