Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she’ll start the legal process of preparing for a second independence referendum, threatening to open a new front in the Brexit battle as the U.K. government prepares to trigger negotiations.
Scotland, which voted to remain in the European Union, “stands at a hugely important crossroads” as a result of the U.K. decision to leave the bloc, Sturgeon said. The Scottish government repeatedly sought compromise with Prime Minister Theresa May’s government, only to be “met with a brick wall of intransigence,” Sturgeon told reporters in Edinburgh.
As a result, Sturgeon said she will seek the authority of the Scottish Parliament to agree with the U.K. government on a so-called Section 30 Order granting “the ability of Scotland to legislate for an independence referendum.” The referendum would be held between the fall of 2018 and the spring of 2019, she said on Monday.
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