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UK: 'Hard Brexit' would call for 2nd Scottish independence referendum – Sturgeon02:05

UK: 'Hard Brexit' would call for 2nd Scottish independence referendum – Sturgeon

United Kingdom, Sheffield
November 7, 2016 at 20:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

If Scotland is "being dragged off the hard Brexit cliff by Theresa May, David Davis, and Boris Johnson" then its government will hold another independence referendum, the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, stated in Sheffield on Monday.

Speaking at the annual Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) lecture Sturgeon discussed the possibility of a hard Brexit and its possible consequences. She made it clear that if the UK government was to opt out of the single market, Scotland "will seek a separate settlement that allows [it] to stay in. The First Minister also addressed accusations that she is trying to undermine Brexit negotiations, saying she was "taken aback" when the allegations first surfaced, as she has "absolutely no idea" what the UK's position is or if it even exists.

The British government is currently appealing against the high court's ruling, that parliament should vote on triggering article 50. Meanwhile Prime Minister Theresa May maintains she will invoke article 50 according to schedule and talks concerning Britain's withdrawal from the EU will start in March.

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If Scotland is "being dragged off the hard Brexit cliff by Theresa May, David Davis, and Boris Johnson" then its government will hold another independence referendum, the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, stated in Sheffield on Monday.

Speaking at the annual Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) lecture Sturgeon discussed the possibility of a hard Brexit and its possible consequences. She made it clear that if the UK government was to opt out of the single market, Scotland "will seek a separate settlement that allows [it] to stay in. The First Minister also addressed accusations that she is trying to undermine Brexit negotiations, saying she was "taken aback" when the allegations first surfaced, as she has "absolutely no idea" what the UK's position is or if it even exists.

The British government is currently appealing against the high court's ruling, that parliament should vote on triggering article 50. Meanwhile Prime Minister Theresa May maintains she will invoke article 50 according to schedule and talks concerning Britain's withdrawal from the EU will start in March.

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