14 March 2017 - Nicola Sturgeon Calls Second Scottish Independence Referendum
Katrin Benhold (The New York Times, 13/03/2017)
Protesting Britain’s plans to leave the European Union, Scotland’s leader, Nicola Sturgeon, called on Monday for a referendum on Scottish independence as early as next year. The announcement was not unexpected, but it reflected the stark divisions in Britain as the government prepares to start the official process to exit the 28-nation bloc.
Citing the fact that most Scottish voters had opposed a British exit in last year’s referendum — 62 percent voted in favor of staying in the European Union, compared with 48 percent in Britain over all — Ms. Sturgeon said that London had failed to address Scotland’s desire to remain in the single market after Britain leaves.
“Not only is there no U.K.-wide agreement on the way ahead, but the U.K. government has not moved even an inch in pursuit of compromise and agreement,” Ms. Sturgeon said in a speech in Edinburgh. “Our efforts at compromise have instead been met with a brick wall of intransigence.”
Christopher Hope (The Telegraph, 13/03/2017)
Anushka Asthana, Severin Carrell and Rowena Mason (The Guardian, 13/03/2017)
Theresa May has faced down Nicola Sturgeon’s demand for a second referendum on Scottish independence, accusing the SNP leader of “tunnel vision” and rejecting her timetable for a second vote.
The prime minister said that the Scottish leader’s plan to hold a second referendum between the autumn of 2018 and spring 2019 represented the “worst possible timing,” setting the Conservative government on a collision course with the administration in Holyrood.
The first minister’s intervention had been timed a day ahead of when May had been predicted to trigger article 50, but No 10 later indicated that it would not serve notice to leave the EU until the end of the month. The confirmation of the later date, in the aftermath of the speech, fuelled speculation the prime minister had been unnerved by Sturgeon.
The Daily Mash
(The Daily Mash, 12/03/2017)
Millions of Britons responded to Nicola Sturgeon’s planned second independence referendum by thinking ‘fucking hell, not that again’ followed by ‘but wait there…’.
Wayne Hayes, from Nottingham, said: “Apparently these referendums are like driving tests, you can keep re-doing them until you either run out of time and money or you get the good result.
“Thanks to Scotland’s bold example, we could finally see a photo of Nigel Farage looking utterly forlorn. Who wouldn’t want that?”
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