New independence referendum will happen, says Sturgeon

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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says that there will be a second independence referendum in Scotland.

She told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show today that another poll was ‘inevitable’ but that she would wait until Brexit was resolved before pressing ahead with her plans.

Sturgeon told Marr: “Another Scottish independence referendum is going to happen. Nothing in life is absolutely certain, but I think it’s as inevitable as its possible to be.

“Before I set forward a path for Scotland it’s reasonable for me to know what the starting point of that journey is going to be and the context in which we’re going to be embarking on it.

“Is the UK leaving the EU? Is it leaving with a deal? Is it leaving with no deal or is it not leaving at all, perhaps looking at another referendum?”

The first minister said the UK government’s handling of the Brexit process had strengthened the argument for Scottish independence.

She added: “The experience of the last, almost three years: Scotland’s vote ignored, the voice of the Scottish parliament ignored, the consequences of Brexit out of our control.

“All that really does make the case for independence very powerfully.”

The previous day, Sturgeon had joined a crowd of around one million marching in London to demand a second referendum on Brexit.

Scottish Labour, meanwhile, also attacked the government – and Prime Minister Theresa May in particular – over the way Brexit has been handled.

Labour’s Lesley Laird told Sunday Politics Scotland that the Prime Minister was to blame for the  fact that there was so little certainty over the way ahead on Brexit.

She said: “The reason we haven’t got to a position in parliament of being able to formulate a clear view is because of the way the prime minister has handled this whole negotiation.

“She hasn’t dealt with parliament, she hasn’t given parliament the opportunity to have these discussions around the indicative votes.”

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