Scottish leader announces plan for second independence referendum

London, Sep 2 : Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced plans for a second Scottish independence referendum, paving the way for publishing draft legislation for a new vote before next May’s elections for the parliament in Edinburgh, British media reported Wednesday.

Sturgeon, leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP), announced the resumption of work on the bill in her annual programme for Scottish government on Tuesday, alongside plans for a 100-million-pound green jobs fund and proposals for a “National Care Service”.

She said a new draft bill will be drawn up setting out the timing and terms for a new independence referendum, as well as the question to be asked to voters if it is given the green light by Westminster, Xinhua news agency reported.

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Sturgeon said she will “make the case for Scotland to become an independent country, and seek a clear endorsement of Scotland’s right to choose our own future”.

Sturgeon also outlined her legislative agenda, saying that suppressing COVID-19 is “our most immediate priority – and it will remain so for some time”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ruled out a new independence vote for Scotland. Under current British law, an independence referendum would need the consent of the Westminster Parliament.

In 2014, people in Scotland voted by a majority to remain part of Britain in what was described as a “once-in-a-generation” poll.

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