Scotland to Seek New Independence Referendum

Posted: Mar 13, 2017 1:15 PM

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Monday that Scotland will seek authority to hold a new independence referendum in the next two years, citing Great Britain's vote to pull out of the EU against Scotland's will.

Scotland must not be "taken down a path that we do not want to go down without a choice," Sturgeon said.

Sturgeon said that British Prime Minister Theresa May has refused to compromise with Scotland over Brexit.

"Sometimes you've got to do what you think it right in politics," she said. "And I think it's right for Scotland to have a choice."

However, Sturgeon did say that if May was willing to negotiate, she would give her a chance to be heard.

"I am not turning my back on further discussions should the U.K. government change its mind," she said.

A request from the Scottish Parliament is expected next Tuesday for a Section 30 order.

May responded by labeling Sturgeon's actions as "tunnel vision."

"The tunnel vision that SNP has shown today is deeply regrettable... Instead of playing politics with the future of our country, the Scottish government should focus on delivering good government and public services for the people of Scotland. Politics is not a game," May said