Nicola Sturgeon has announced the Scottish National Party will hold a referendum on independence next year, calling it a “legitimate option” to decide Scotland’s future.
The SNP leader also announced that the party would be holding an independence referendum in 2019.
She also said the UK government will consider “all options” to deal with the UK’s Brexit plans.
Sturgeon, who has also said that she will leave the EU, said the SNP will hold the referendum on October 18 and will announce its outcome “within the next few days”.
She said the vote would be “a real test” for the Scottish government.
“I will be the first to admit that the result of the referendum will have a profound impact on how we are treated in the UK. “
“The Scottish Government has always said that our position in the EU must remain in the national interest, and that we should remain a member of the single market and customs union, and a member country of the European Economic Area.””
The decision that the SNP makes will be based on the same principles as those of the British government. “
The Scottish Government has always said that our position in the EU must remain in the national interest, and that we should remain a member of the single market and customs union, and a member country of the European Economic Area.”
The decision that the SNP makes will be based on the same principles as those of the British government.
We will not be in a position to negotiate a new relationship with the EU.
“Scotland will remain a free, independent and sovereign nation within the European Union, and our own Government will set out the specific terms of our departure in due course.”
In the coming days, we will announce our position and our timetable to take forward our approach to the Brexit process.
“This is an important step in a journey that will see us leave the European single market with full control over our own borders and our laws, our own justice system, and the full protection of the rule of law.”
I believe that the Scottish people will overwhelmingly reject any offer of concessions by the Westminster Government and will continue to be proud of our independence.
“Scotland’s independence referendum The SNP, the biggest party in Scotland’s Parliament, has said it will hold its independence referendum on September 2018.
The party has previously said that it will seek to vote for a second independence referendum within six months.
It has also previously said it would hold a second vote if it was given a mandate to do so by the Scottish Parliament.
The leader of the SNP said the independence referendum would be a “real test” of the UK Government’s commitment to the UK economy.
In an interview with Sky News, Nicola Sturgeon said the Scottish Government would not be able to “justify a withdrawal” from the EU unless there was “real political and economic progress”.
She also dismissed claims that Scottish people would be voting for independence from London and the EU because of Brexit.
“That will be done within the next week or so, after which the decision will be made by the parliamentarians and then by the UK parliament.” “
If the UK Parliament wants to go back to the negotiating table and ask for a mandate for the referendum, it will be an option the Scottish SNP will consider, and we will be consulting with the Scottish and UK governments,” she said.
“That will be done within the next week or so, after which the decision will be made by the parliamentarians and then by the UK parliament.”
Sturgeon said that if there was a mandate from the Scottish parliament, then it would be possible to “consider all options” on the UK-EU relationship.
“We are not prepared to just walk away from the European project,” she added.
We want to go ahead and continue to have the best possible relationship with Europe.” “
But we are not in a situation where we would simply walk away and let things unravel.
We want to go ahead and continue to have the best possible relationship with Europe.”
Sturgeon added that she believed the referendum would “not be a political or economic decision for the British Government”.
“But it is something that we can discuss, and if it is a clear and unambiguous yes then I think it would make a lot of sense for the UK to continue with the negotiations that we’re currently engaged in,” she told Sky News.