Scotland may hold independence referendum in 2018 - First Minister

Scotland may hold independence referendum in 2018 - First MinisterScottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said autumn 2018 would be a "common sense time" for Scotland to hold another independence referendum, once there is some outline of a deal to exit the European Union.

This is reported by Reuters citing BBC.

"Within that window, of when the outline of a UK deal becomes clear and the UK exiting the EU, I think would be common sense time for Scotland to have that choice, if that is the road we choose to go down," Sturgeon, who heads Edinburgh's pro-independence devolved government, said.

No decision has yet been taken on a date for a vote, she added. Under current constitutional conventions, a second independence vote would have to be approved by the United Kingdom's government in London.

The results of the June 23 Brexit referendum called the future of the United Kingdom into question because England and Wales voted to leave but Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay.

Sturgeon has repeatedly warned that the Brexit plans of the government in London could force Scots to call another vote on the grounds that circumstances had changed since 2014 when Scots voted 55-45 to stay in the United Kingdom.
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