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Sturgeon Sticks With Timing for Scottish Independence Referendum

  • First minister speaks in interview with Bloomberg Television
  • She heads to the U.S. to drum up investment in Scotland
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Sturgeon Says Scotland Should Have Choice Over Future

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the U.K.’s refusal to negotiate a date for an independence referendum is untenable as she vowed to keep pushing for a vote.

The Scottish National Party leader last week wrote to Prime Minister Theresa May seeking the power to hold one once the terms are known for Britain’s departure from the European Union, something that Scots opposed. In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Sturgeon said the U.K. plan is to wrap up talks by spring 2019 so Scots should have their vote by then.
The Scottish Parliament voted last week to allow Sturgeon to pursue the referendum, which would come a little over four years after the last one, based on her timetable. The U.K. government’s response was swift, reiterating May’s position that it’s not up for discussion while Britain gets on with Brexit.