Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will seek Westminster’s permission for a second referendum on independence next week, she said today.
Sturgeon said at a press conference that while she would continue to engage with the U.K. government on the Brexit negotiations, she “cannot pretend” that a compromise that would give the Scottish government what it wants within the U.K. looks “remotely likely.”
As such, she said, Scotland had to decide during the Brexit talks whether it wants to remain married to whatever deal with the EU the U.K. government negotiates, or whether it wants to negotiate a new relationship as an independent country.
Sturgeon wants the referendum to take place between fall 2018 and spring 2019.
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