Sturgeon: There will be a second independence vote

Further, he will propose that the Bank of England becomes the Bank of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with fully staffed representation in Scotland, "to reinforce the fact that the pound is for everyone".

"Scotland is not full up", she said.

Call them Yes-Leavers: Of the 1 million Scots who voted Leave in last year's European Union referendum, one analysis indicates that as many as 400,000 also supported Scottish independence from the the 2014 vote on the issue. The SNP wants to maintain access at all costs, portraying the European Union as a bastion of progress and ignoring not only its imposition of savage austerity on Greece, Portugal, Ireland and throughout the continent, but also the tidal wave of xenophobia it has encouraged against the asylum seekers fleeing imperialist wars in Africa and the Middle East. On this point, Sturgeon has said "there may be room for discussions" having originally called for a vote in 2018/19.

In a speech to her party's conference in Aberdeen on Saturday, the SNP leader said she will press ahead with plans to seek the Scottish Parliament's approval for her government to formally request a referendum.

It was "essential that we get the right deal" and that requires working together, she will say, adding: "That is what we have always done when faced with challenges".

Drew Hendry said that the "divisive situation", described by Theresa May, is as a result of a the "obsession with a Tory Hard Brexit", and Scotland can either go along "over the cliff edge" or make another choice to go independent. These policies will change from government to government, and perhaps from year to year like all other policies have before.

"Tory and nationalist extremism should not rob us of a third option that can give the Scottish people more powers, offer honest answers about how we can pay for our public services and, faced with the post-Brexit threat to our employment and industry, address the urgent issue of how we create new jobs by exporting and trading successfully with Europe and the rest of the world".

The SNP has opposed the UK Government's austerity, but after independence they would have to implement a much more extreme form of austerity in Scotland.

Otherwise, this would be a stunningly inappropriate time to hold another vote - for Scotland, and for the United Kingdom as a whole.

However, she also insisted she would apply for full membership of the European Union - which would mean Scotland would be pressed into signing up to joining the euro. However, she also claimed there was no appetite for a second vote in Scotland, which appears to not be the case.

Sturgeon says Scots should be allowed to vote on staying in the United Kingdom some time between autumn 2018 and spring 2019 - arguing this would allow them to make an "informed choice" when the terms of the Brexit deal are known.

"Any bid by the UK Government to block the people of Scotland from making a choice will be untenable, undemocratic and totally unsustainable - and clearly shows that the UK Government recognises it is out of step with the Scottish people", she said in a statement. The timing of Sturgeon's referendum is, however, cynical and rushed - and mostly unwanted.

"We will set out a very clear proposition but I think it is right. that we do very serious work before we come to putting that proposition forward", Sturgeon said.

When the first minister declared Sunday at her party's spring conference that the Scottish National Party is "a European, internationalist party, leading a European, internationalist country", delegates roared with approval.

The Government has ruled out a vote before the end of Brexit negotiations, and Theresa May has told Sturgeon "politics is not a game".



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