The Scottish regional government will seek a second referendum on independence to be held by the spring of 2019, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Monday.
The leader of Scotland's Conservative Party said yesterday Ms Sturgeon's call for a second independence referendum was divisive and pledged to vote against her request.
Sturgeon told a press conference in Bute House, Edinburgh, she will stand up for Scotland's interest and make sure the Scottish people have a choice at the end of Brexit negotiations.
In London, the final details of a Brexit bill were being hammered out in a parliamentary debate with the UK Prime Minister Theresa May widely expected to trigger the official mechanism, Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, as early as Tuesday, EFE news added. Instead of playing politics with the future of our country, the Scottish government should focus on delivering good government and public services for the people of Scotland.
"The First Minister refused to state that Scotland would be a full European Union member under her plan".
In order to hold another independence referendum, the Scottish Government would need a Section 30 order from the UK Government, which temporarily transfers reserved powers for the referendum to Holyrood.
"The timing must be for the Scottish parliament to decide".
Sterling rose after Sturgeon said the earliest date for a new Scottish independence referendum was in the autumn of next year.
However, the other three opposition parties in the Scottish Parliament have criticised the plans for a second independence referendum.
They already did it once in 2014 when 55.3 percent of Scots said they wanted to remain a part of the United Kingdom and 44.7 percent wanted to leave.
Westminster could block the move, but that was seen by some observers as unlikely due to the political costs it might carry for Theresa May. "We have not met with a Government and a Prime Minister who is willing to meet us half way on that. they have moved away from compromise with language that has appeared to become harder and harder", said Sturgeon.
She said she would work hard to protect Scotland's interests in the European Union exit negotiations, but doing nothing was not an option.
Underlining the basis on which she is spearheading the demand of second referendum, Sturgeon replied that Scottish populace is aggrieved with the decision of Brexit taken by UK.