Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party, has confirmed that she will ask for permission to hold a second referendum for Scottish independence.
The original referendum took place in September 2014, with 55.3% voting against Scottish independence, and 44.7% voting for independence.
She has said that she would like for a vote to be held between autumn 2018 and spring 2019. Sturgeon has said that she will ask Scottish Parliament to request a Section 30 order from Westminster next week, which would allow for a legally-binding referendum to take place.
The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has not yet commented on whether or not she would grant permission.
Speaking in Edinburgh, Nicola admitted that she wanted to give the half that voted for Scottish independence, a “choice between a hard Brexit” and becoming an independent country.
She said, “I will take the steps necessary now to make sure that Scotland will have a choice at the end of this process.
“A choice of whether to follow the UK to a hard Brexit, or to become an independent country able to secure a real partnership of equals with the rest of the UK and our own relationship with Europe.” And it’s particularly poignant that Sturgeon makes this decision now, as it’s thought that Theresa May will trigger Article 50 this week, to start the process of Britain leaving the EU.
The original referendum back in 2014 was met with mixed reactions around the country. Queen Elizabeth II released an official statement that it was “a result that all of us throughout the United Kingdom will respect.”, while former Prime Minister David Cameron said that he was “delighted” with the decision to stay.