Scottish Parliament gives leader go-ahead for Brexit-inspired independence vote

The Scottish Parliament has voted to back Nicola Sturgeon's request to seek new powers from London in order to trigger a second independence referendum.

Scotland's parliament has backed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's call for a second referendum on independence for the country.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is now able to officially ask the United Kingdom parliament for permission to hold a new vote in Scotland.

On Monday the Prime Minister visited Ms Sturgeon as part of her 11th-hour dash around Britain before invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and triggering the UK's two-year countdown to leave the European Union on Wednesday.

In comments reported by the Press Association, Sturgeon said May had been clear that the terms of the UK's divorce from the European Union and the details of a new free trade deal would be known within two years.

Mr Russell said with the triggering of Article 50 "there will be a moment of choice between 18 months and two years' time", adding: "There will be a deal on the table and all we are saying is that is a deal that the people of Scotland should get to vote on".

May in Scotland on Monday to discuss the upcoming Brexit negotiations and the possibility of a second referendum on Scottish independence.

"Scotland's future should be in Scotland's hands", Ms. Sturgeon said before the parliamentary vote, which was originally slated for last Wednesday but was postponed after a deadly terrorist attack in London that day.

The U.K. government repeated May's mantra that now is the time to pull together rather than take separate paths. She argued that the SNP government's plan to hold a referendum as early as the fall of next year would not give voters enough time to see the results of the Brexit negotiations.

Not when the SNP said the last referendum would be once in a generation.

The economic uncertainty of an independent Scotland was a factor in the 2014 referendum, but Sturgeon has warned that Brexit could cost Scotland tens of thousands of jobs.

Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats said Sturgeon was neglecting the parlous state of Scottish public services in her pursuit of an unpopular constitutional obsession.

"I wish the Prime Minister well in the negotiations which lie ahead, because a good Brexit deal for the United Kingdom is in Scotland's interests. And they won't know that until the Brexit process is complete".

BBC broke the news in a Tuesday article.

Ms Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament that Scotland should be able to choose between what could be a hard Brexit and independence.

Although the pound was on track to close off March with a gain of 2 percent, boosted by a weaker dollar and Bank of England's decision on Mar. 16th to keep interest rates unchanged, today's vote wiped out a sizable of the pound's gains.

The SNP leader said during the debate that the terms of independence would be set out before a vote is held.

  • Leroy Wright