Scottish parliament backs call for second referendum

Scottish parliament backs call for second referendum, by Jacquelin Magnay.

Nicola Sturgeon has called the bluff of Theresa May and has received Scottish parliamentary backing to call an independence referendum.

Holyrood this morning voted 69 to 59 to back the First Minister’s independence plans, including a timetable to hold the vote between late 2018 and early 2019, when the Brexit deal with the European Union is expected to be nearing finalisation.

Ms Sturgeon told Scottish politicians: “My argument is simply this: when the nature of the change which is made inevitable by Brexit becomes clear, that change should not be imposed upon us, we should have the right to decide the nature of that change.

“The people of Scotland should have the right to choose between Brexit or becoming an independent country able to chart our own course and create a true partnership of equals across these islands.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil