Scottish government makes formal request to UK for independence referendum

March 31, 2017 6:30 pm

Prime Minister Theresa May (left) and ’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

The
Scottish government has formally asked UK Prime Minister Theresa May to
allow it hold a second referendum following the beginning of Britain’s
exit process from the European Union. 

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made the request in a letter she wrote to May on Friday, two days after London wrote to Brussels announcing the UK’s formal withdrawal from the EU.
“I
am… writing to begin early discussions between our governments to
agree an Order under section 30 of the Scotland Act 1998 that would
enable a referendum to be legislated for by the Scottish Parliament,”
Sturgeon wrote in the letter.
“The people of Scotland must have
the right to choose our own future — in short, to exercise our right of
self determination,” wrote Sturgeon, leader of the ruling Scottish
National Party (SNP).
Sturgeon tweeted
a picture in the day, sitting on a couch at her official residence in
Edinburgh and writing the Section 30 letter on a fresh referendum vote
for her country.

A
handout picture released by the Scottish Government shows Scotland’s
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon working on her Section 30 letter to the
British Prime Minister Theresa May requesting a second Scottish
independence referendum on March 30, 2017. (Photo by AFP)Earlier
this week, Scottish lawmakers had voted 69 to 59 in favor of seeking
permission for a second referendum on independence to take place between
autumn 2018 and spring 2019.
The
Scottish first minister said her mandate for another vote is now
“beyond question,” and warned it would be “democratically indefensible
and utterly unsustainable” to attempt to stand in the way.
“There
appears to be no rational reason for you to stand in the way of the
will of the Scottish parliament and I hope you will not do so,” she
wrote in the letter.
This is while May
has repeatedly said the referendum request submitted by the government
in Edinburgh will be turned down, insisting that now is not the time for
another independence referendum and that all efforts should be on
securing the best Brexit deal for the whole of Britain after Article 50
is triggered.
“Now is not the time to focus on a second
independence referendum or to be looking at that second independence
referendum, because [now] is the time when we need to pull together as a
,” Britain’s prime minister recently said in an interview
with BBC.

Scottish
National party MSP’s applaud after the vote on a second referendum on
independence was carried at Scotland’s Parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh
on March 28, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Scotland held its first referendum in 2014, when over 55 percent of the people voted against independence.
In
June last year, nearly 52 percent of Britons opted to leave the bloc
during the EU referendum; however, some 62 percent of the Scottish
people voted against the Brexit decision.

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