Scotland makes official bid for new independence vote

DW – March 31, 2017

Scotland has officially requested a second independence referendum. On Friday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon sent a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May affirming the right of Scots to self-determination within the United Kingdom.

In a video statement, Sturgeon demanded the vote be allowed by early 2019 at the very latest, because “the UK government has decided to remove Scotland not just from the European Union, but from the single market as well. That’s clearly against the will of the majority of people who live here and it will make us, in the words of the UK government itself, permanently poorer.”

Her words were a reference to a comment made by former conservative finance minister George Osborne in the run-up to the Brexit vote. In last June’s ballot, 62 percent of Scots voted to remain in the EU.

“The next two years are hugely important for Scotland because they will determine what kind of country we’ll become,” she said, adding that Brexit will have “enormous implications” for Scottish education, jobs, health care and investment in the region.