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Sturgeon outlines new Scottish independence referendum plans

First minister says she will introduce legislation for fresh vote, saying it must be held by May 2021

Nicola Sturgeon is to introduce new legislation to stage a second Scottish independence referendum, claiming that one must be held by May 2021.

The first minister said Brexit would have such a catastrophic impact on Scotland’s economy and Westminster’s approach to it had been so chaotic that Scottish voters must have the option to choose independence.

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24/04/2019 - www.theguardian.com

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Scotland should get independence vote by May 2021 if Brexit going ahead, says Sturgeon – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including PMQs

Here is the key quote from Sturgeon’s opening statement.

There are some who would like to see a very early referendum, others want that choice to be later.

My job as first minister is to reach a judgment, not simply in my party’s interest but in the national interest.

Asked if she is willing to drop her demand for an independence referendum, Sturgeon says she is genuinely open-minded. If other parties can come forward with another mechanism that will protect Scotland’s interests in the event of Brexit, she will consider that, she says. She stresses that she is “open-minded”.

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24/04/2019 - www.theguardian.com

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Nicola Sturgeon calls for second Scottish independence referendum by 2021 if Brexit goes ahead

Nicola Sturgeon has said that a second Scottish independence referendum should be held within two years if the UK has left the European Union by then.

24/04/2019 - www.politicshome.com

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