Sturgeon puts pressure on London for Scotland independence vote

More than 60 per cent of voters in Scotland opted to stay in the European Union in the Brexit referendum, while 52 per cent voted for Brexit across Britain and Northern Ireland.

On Tuesday Scottish MSPs voted 69 to 59 in favor of requesting another referendum, which would be held sometime between autumn 2018 and spring 2019.

Scotland's devolved government, which is run by the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP), has said Scots should not be dragged out of the European Union against their will.

Last week, May stated that it was not the right time for Scotland's independence vote to be held and that it is necessary to wait until after the Brexit talk results are finalized.

A spokesman for the First Minister said: "This poll shows that, in trying to block a referendum, the UK Tory government is acting against the wishes of the people of Scotland".

Separately, Scots rejected independence in a 2014 vote by 55 to 45 percent, but Sturgeon says the situation has changed because of Brexit.

"The people of Scotland must have the right to choose our own future - in short, to exercise our right of self determination".

She is expected to seek to delay the process and persuade the SNP to conduct a referendum after Britain completes the Brexit process, which is now expected by March 2019.

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The UK Government has already indicated the request will be declined.

Scottish lawmakers have voted to seek a new referendum on independence, to be held within the next two years.

The Scottish first minister said her mandate for another vote is now "beyond question", and warned it would be "democratically indefensible and utterly unsustainable" to attempt to stand in the way.

"I hope that will be by constructive discussion between our governments".

The letter is expected to be sent to Downing Street on Friday.

May met Ms Sturgeon for talks in Glasgow on Monday, but has insisted her government will not enter into negotiations with the Scottish Government until the Brexit matter is resolved.

A Section 30 order is the formal mechanism by which the United Kingdom government would temporarily hand power to the Scottish Assembly to organise a referendum.

But Jackson Carlaw MSP, the deputy leader of the Scottish Conservatives, said Sturgeon's proposal was both "unwanted and unworkable" until voters north of the border have a chance to see Brexit play out".

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