Scottish leader to seek independence vote in 2 years

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Scottish leader to seek independence vote in 2 years

The Scottish secretary refused to say whether the United Kingdom government would block another referendum on independence, but went as far as to say that there "could" be another vote - hinting that Theresa May will grant the power for one.

The Conservative cabinet minister said: "People in Scotland don't share the SNP's tunnel vision obsession with independence".

I believe that in a referendum the Scottish people will opt for independence, but that will be the choice of the Scottish people and I've been very clear that that will be an informed choice.

"The Scottish Government should focus on delivering good government and public services for the people of Scotland". "Politics is not a game", she added.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Monday she will seek a second referendum on Scottish independence.

Scottish voters rejected independence in a 2014 referendum, but Sturgeon said Brexit had brought about a "material change of circumstances".

A majority of Scots wanted to stay in the European Union in last June's Brexit referendum, but were outvoted by the rest of Britain.

She said the referendum should be held between the fall of 2018 and the spring of 2019 because by then, details of Britain's post-Brexit deal with the European Union would be clear and Scottish voters would be able to make "an informed choice".

Scotland, in contrast to the rest of the United Kingdom, had voted to remain in the European Union (EU) in last June's referendum.

Asked if there was anything the Prime Minister could say or do to make her call off the referendum, she said: "I think that has to be for her to decide".

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.

Sterling is 0.45 per cent up against the dollar - unchanged by Ms Sturgeon's remarks that she was confident of holding and winning a second vote. May has not indicated whether she would grant such an approval, although she has voiced opposition [NYT report] to another referendum, saying, "a$3 nother referendum would be divisive and cause huge economic uncertainty at the worst possible time".

Although the Scottish Nationalists do not have a majority there, the referendum is likely to be approved with the support of the Scottish Greens, who also favour independence.

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