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Scottish govt announces plans for second independence referendum next October

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Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday that the Scottish Parliament would publish an independence referendum bill with a scheduled date for a vote on secession on October 19, 2023.

Sturgeon said she would write to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for permission to hold a consultative referendum, saying it was vital that the vote was legal. She said the matter would be referred to the British Supreme Court.

Voters in Scotland, which has around 5.5 million inhabitants, rejected independence in 2014. But Scotland’s semi-autonomous government says Britain’s departure from the EU, which a majority of Scots opposed, means that the issue should be voted on again .

Johnson and his ruling Conservative party, which sits in opposition in Scotland, strongly oppose a referendum, saying the issue was resolved in 2014 when Scots voted 55% to 45% against independence.

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He has previously refused to issue a “Section 30” injunction to allow a referendum to take place.

(REUTERS)

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