Nicola Sturgeon.

After Scotland voted to remain in the EU last year, when England and Wales voted out, there seems to be no good argument for suggesting that this country shouldn’t have another vote on whether to go its own way.

An affirmative choice to leave the UK would trigger a few years in the wilderness, as Scotland would then have to apply to join the European Union, and the lack of trade deals might trigger hard times for the many, but that is a matter for the Scottish people to consider.

There is also the question of whether the Scottish First Minister is simply using the threat of another referendum to destabilise Brexit negotiations by Theresa May’s Tory team.

It is true that she has vacillated between threatening a vote and saying it would not be the right time. If certain politicians from other parties were to do the same, that would be classed as weakness.

Why does Ms Sturgeon get a free pass?

Nicola Sturgeon has said next year is a “common sense time” to hold a second referendum on Scotland’s independence.

The Scottish First Minister also said 2018 was an ideal time for another attempt because the UK’s post-European Union deal would look a little clearer.

It comes after the Government’s second Brexit defeat in the House of Lords as peers backed calls for a “meaningful” parliamentary vote on the final withdrawal terms.

More than 55 per cent of Scotland voted to remain in the UK in 2014 at a time when leaving the EU was a distant pipe dream for Eurosceptics.

But Ms Sturgeon has said she has a “cast-iron mandate” for a second referendum because 62 per cent of Scottish voters opted to remain in the EU last June.

A looming threat of another Scottish bid to leave the union further complicates Prime Minister Theresa May’s negotiations with the other 27 member states.

But under current constitutional conventions, London would have to approve a second Scottish plebiscite.

Source: Nicola Sturgeon says autumn 2018 ‘common sense time’ for second Scottish independence referendum

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