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Published: Sat, March 11, 2017
Health | By Bessie Ortiz

Scots Might Get Another Independence Vote In 2018 Thanks To Brexit

Scots Might Get Another Independence Vote In 2018 Thanks To Brexit

Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon has said it would be "common sense" to hold a second independence referendum in the Autumn of 2018.

As Theresa May braces to trigger Article 50, a new poll suggests that 50% of Scots are ready to support independence, while 50% would want Scotland to remain in the UK.

The Scottish First Minister has said she is not and never has been "bluffing" about forcing voters to return to the polls on the issue which was ruled a "once in a generation" vote in 2014.

Asked if she was not ruling out a referendum next year, Mrs Sturgeon added: 'I'm not ruling anything out'.

"She needs to put the country first for once".

"All this does is cause even more uncertainty for Scotland's economy at a time when businesses are already struggling as a result of the Tories' plans for a hard Brexit".

May has repeatedly batted down the threat of Scottish independence, stating there is no need for a second Scottish ballot.

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.

There is speculation that Sturgeon may announce a second referendum at the SNP conference next weekend (17-18 March).

"The first minister has been all over the place - one week she threatens a vote, the next week she backs away from one", Dugdale said, responding to Sturgeon's BBC interview.

The ex-SNP leader made the suggestion after his successor Ms Sturgeon warned the Prime Minister's plan to take the United Kingdom out of the European single market "undoubtedly" makes another vote on the future of the United Kingdom more likely.

Patrick Harvie, the co-convener of the Scottish Greens, told BuzzFeed News that Theresa May's "intransigence and inflexibility" towards Scotland over Brexit is pushing the country towards another referendum.

Support for independence has creeping forward since Prime Minister Theresa May made it clear that the UK's exit from the European Union would mean exiting the single market and European Union free movement.

Overall, Britain voted by a margin of 52 to 48 percent a year ago to quit the 28-nation bloc " but voters in Scotland voted by 62 percent to 38 percent to stay in.

A second Scottish independence referendum is now looking inevitable and ministers in London have now concluded it is a question of when such a vote will be held, the Financial Times reported.

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