: BBC: Second referendum on Scottish independence could be next year - Sturgeon

17:54 Jul. 17, 2016

BBC: Second referendum on Scottish independence could be next year - Sturgeon

Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May, left, meets with First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon at Bute House in Edinburgh, Scotland, Friday July 15, 2016, with Scottish saltire flags behind (AP Photo)

UK voted to leave EU in historic referendum

Nicola Sturgeon has said she would consider a second referendum on Scottish independence as early as next year if necessary.

The first minister told the BBC that could happen if the UK government started the formal process of leaving the EU without Scotland's position being safeguarded.
She has also suggested that Scotland could stay in the UK and the EU.

Read also Scotland's First Minister says she wants Britain to remain a member of the European Union

The UK minister responsible for Brexit said he did not think this would work.

But earlier, the prime minister Theresa May said she would listen to any options brought forward by the Scottish government.

Following a meeting with Ms Sturgeon on Friday, July 15, Mrs May appeared unwilling to consider a second referendum on Scottish independence, saying people in Scotland sent a "very clear message" in 2014.

Mrs May also said she would not trigger article 50 - the formal process of the UK leaving the EU - until there was a "UK approach and objectives". Full story 

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