US News As Brexit Clock Ticks, Sturgeon Makes Case for New Scottish Vote

04:40  12 april  2017
04:40  12 april  2017 Source:   Bloomberg

Scotland would be 'most welcome' as full EU member, 50 MEPs say

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BC-BREXIT-SCOTS-STURGEON © Rodney Jefferson BC-BREXIT-SCOTS-STURGEON Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she wants voters to make an informed choice on whether to accept Britain’s departure from the European Union as she tries to build the case for another independence referendum.

Scots voted against Brexit last year, and Sturgeon has said they should get the chance to decide their future after the terms of leaving the EU become clear by spring 2019. She won the backing of lawmakers in the Scottish Parliament last month to seek the legal means from the U.K. government to hold another referendum, though Prime Minister Theresa May has rebuffed the demand and won’t even discuss the timing.

May’s election statement in full

  May’s election statement in full The Prime Minster spoke outside 10 Downing Street.“I have just chaired a meeting of the Cabinet, where we agreed that the Government should call a general election, to be held on June 8.

Nicola Sturgeon stressed Scotland will make its own decision about its future as she announced plans to hold a referendum between Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019. Ms Sturgeon said she will give Scots a “real choice" between Brexit and leaving the UK in a second vote on independence.

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“We want to ensure that the next referendum on independence again gives people the information they need to come to a considered judgment,” Sturgeon told delegates at the Political Studies Association’s annual conference in Glasgow on Tuesday evening. “That is why nobody wants the referendum to take place immediately.”

After a tumultuous month of politics, it’s unclear what the next move will be for Sturgeon as the Brexit process gets under way. What’s sure is that the governments in Edinburgh and London have dug in for what could be a protracted battle over if, how and when there should be a second independence vote.

Time Out

A pause suits both sides for now. May has Brexit to negotiate, with European leaders meeting April 29 in Brussels to start coordinating their response. Sturgeon, meanwhile, needs to build more support in the opinion polls, which have barely moved since the last independence vote in September 2014, when Scots chose 55 percent to 45 percent to remain in the U.K.

May’s election statement in full

  May’s election statement in full The Prime Minster spoke outside 10 Downing Street.“I have just chaired a meeting of the Cabinet, where we agreed that the Government should call a general election, to be held on June 8.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said another vote was "more likely" than ever. Following a meeting with Brexit minister David Davis on Thursday, Sturgeon 's representative Mike Russell said: "The clock is ticking ".

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The first minister’s narrative is that independence is the only way to make up the “democratic deficit” in Scotland in light of the U.K.’s decision to leave the EU. What’s more, the Brexit vote wasn’t based on a detailed proposal for what the future might hold, she said in her speech.

“It’s an issue of principle at the heart of this for Scotland,” she said in a question-and-answer session later. “If Scotland is to be in or out of the EU, that should surely be a decision for people in Scotland.”

Sturgeon, 46, also said she had tried to persuade former Prime Minister David Cameron to lower the voting age for the Brexit referendum to 16 after the Scottish Parliament did the same for the independence plebiscite.

“He didn’t take my advice and had he done so I think that result would have gone the other way and he probably would still be prime minister right now,” Sturgeon said.

Leap of Faith

'A chance to force through a hard Brexit' Nicola Sturgeon reacts to Theresa May's general election announcement

  'A chance to force through a hard Brexit' Nicola Sturgeon reacts to Theresa May's general election announcement The First Minister said it was 'a huge political miscalculation' by the Prime Minister.The First Minister accused the Prime Minister of using the surprise June 8 poll to seek to make the UK more right wing and "force through a hard Brexit and impose deeper cuts".

And quizzed about Ms Sturgeon ’s announcement of a new independence referendum today, Mr Schinas was less than lukewarm and Scottish referendum: Downing Street says 'no evidence' for second vote . Saudi Arabia makes Brexit Britain its 'preferred partner' to help reshape its economy.

NICOLA Sturgeon ’s case for a second independence referendum lay in tatters today with a survey showing Scots do not want a special Brexit deal. Nicola Sturgeon told – NO Scottish independence vote for FIVE YEARS. Think tank says THIS is how UK will make Brexit a SUCCESS.

The challenge for Sturgeon and her Scottish National Party is to convince enough people to take the leap of faith the next time around, whenever that might be. She also called for the campaign to be civil, after two divisive referendums in less than three years.

In the background, the Scottish economy has been spluttering because of the collapse in oil prices. It shrank 0.2 percent in the fourth quarter from the previous three months and was flat compared with a year earlier, according to a government report last week. Figures due by early July will show whether the country is officially in recession or not.

Scotland’s EU status is also in question, and it would probably have to apply to rejoin the bloc as a new independent state if it votes to quit the U.K.

To contact the reporter on this story: Rodney Jefferson in Edinburgh at r.jefferson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editors responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net, Eddie Buckle, Andrew Atkinson

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Theresa May seeks Parliament's approval for snap election .
MPs are expected to give their approval to Theresa May's plan for a snap election on June 8, in a Commons vote the day after her shock announcement. Under the terms of the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, Mrs May must secure a two-thirds majority of MPs to bring the election forward by three years from the scheduled date of May 2020.She told The Sun she decided to reverse earlier pledges not to go to the country early because she wanted to be able to go into Brexit negotiations with the "backing of the British people" as her "very clear mandate".

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