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Scotland’s Parliament Calls For New Independence Referendum Before Brexit

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On Tuesday, Scotland’s parliament backed the leader of the Scotland National Party (SNP), who called for a new independence referendum before the United Kingdom formally begins Brexit.

BBC broke the news in a Tuesday article. Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP leader who is also Scotland’s first minister, underlined that a new vote was “needed to allow Scotland to decide what path to follow in the wake of the Brexit vote.”

Sturgeon asserted that “the people of Scotland should have the right to choose between Brexit — possibly a very hard Brexit — or becoming an independent country, able to chart our own course and create a true partnership of equals across these islands.”

The Scottish people previously voted on the secession question in September 2014, but rejected the issue 55 percent to 45 percent.

The news outlet pointed out that British Prime Minister Theresa May “has repeatedly insisted that ‘now is not the time'” for a new vote. Her government has made it clear that they “will block a referendum until after the Brexit process has been completed.”

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