After months of speculation, Nicola Sturgeon has finally answered the question 'will there be a second independence referendum?' Her answer is yes and before the United Kingdom exits the European Union.
The Scottish First Minister, during a speech at her official residence Bute House, said "the Scottish Government's mandate for offering this choice is beyond doubt," however it will need the agreement of the Scottish parliament and the UK parliament. At this stage, Ms Sturgeon is seeking permission for a section 30 agreement which will allow the Scottish parliament to legislate for a second referendum.
- Will the Labour Party support a vote? Jeremy Corbyn has said he would not stand in the way of another vote but could face a rebellion
- Would it work against the SNP if the vote was called before the Brexit deal is known?
- How many people have changed their mind since September 2014 to ensure a win this time?
- How many people do not associate independence with being a member of the EU?
- Scotland would need to join the European Union and it's not clear if they would be accepted
- It is doubtful if the position of not allowing Scotland to have the pound currency has changed
- Oil prices, the foundation of future Scottish revenues, have plummeted.
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Ruth Davidson, Scottish Conservative Leader said 'Nicola Sturgeon has today chosen the path of further division and uncertainty. We will vote against any request for a Section 30 next week.
Repeating the message of uncertainty, The Prime Minister, Theresa May said a second referendum would set Scotland on course for 'uncertainty and division' and that the "tunnel vision" the SNP had shown was "deeply regrettable."
Stating the majority of people in Scotland did not want another referendum on Scottish independence, Mrs May 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. Politics is not a game."