Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister, calls for second Scottish independence referendum

Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister and leader of the SNP, has said that she will be calling for a second independence referendum after failing to reach agreement with Theresa May, the Prime Minister. Sturgeon said “our efforts at compromise have instead been met with a brick wall of intransigence” from the Prime Minister.

An independence referendum would be called between autumn 2018 and spring 2019, but Sturgeon said that this could be cancelled if the Prime Minister offered meaningful talks on new powers for Scotland. She added that she did not envisage full membership of the EU for Scotland at this stage.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said:

“Another referendum would be divisive and cause huge economic uncertainty at the worst possible time”.