Scotland First Minister Sturgeon suggests 2018 for second independence vote

DW – March 9, 2017

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has agreed that if Scotland decides on a second independence referendum, it would be “common sense” to hold it in late 2018. The vote is part of a strategy to remain an EU member.

Although no decision has yet been made on whether to seek a new referendum to transform Scotland into an independent nation outside the UK, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (SNP) has said it would be “common sense ” for the poll to take place when the shape of the impending Brexit deal has become clear.

In a carefully worded answer to the BBC on Thursday, Sturgeon, who heads Edinburgh’s pro-independence devolved government, implied she agreed with leading nationalists, including her predecessor, Alex Salmond, who believe the autumn of 2018 could prove the ideal time for a vote.