Scotland to Hold Independence Referendum, Again

تم نشره في Tue 14 March / Mar 2017. 01:00 AM
  • Nicola Sturgeon announced her intention to seek a referendum on Monday

Plans for a second independence referendum "must be made in Scotland", Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Speaking after a meeting of her cabinet, the first minister said details of the vote should be shaped by the Scottish Parliament.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is considering how to respond to the demand for a referendum.

There has been speculation she will seek to delay the vote until after the Brexit process is complete.

Speaking after the cabinet meeting in Edinburgh on Tuesday, Ms Sturgeon said there should be no "blocking mechanisms".

She said ministers had agreed that the referendum "must be for Scotland's national legislature to shape".

She added: "It should be up to the Scottish Parliament to determine the referendum's timing, franchise and the question.

"There should be no strings attached, no blocking mechanisms applied and no Downing Street diktat - Scotland's referendum must be made in Scotland.

"That was the exact description the UK government themselves used ahead of the 2014 referendum, and the same principle should apply now."