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Scotland first minister 'not bluffing' about second independence referendum

Sturgeon said a second referendum could be on the cards if Scotland is “driven off a hard Brexit cliff”.

Image: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

SCOTLAND’S FIRST MINISTER Nicola Sturgeon says she’s not “bluffing” around the prospect of second Scottish independence referendum.

Sturgeon said a second referendum could be on the cards if Scotland is ”driven off a hard Brexit cliff”.

Speaking to BBC’s the Andrew Marr Show, Sturgeon took aim at UK Prime Theresa May, saying she had “no plan” around leaving the EU.

A hard Brexit would likely involve the UK leaving the European single market, isolating it in terms of trade. However, this approach would give the UK more control of its borders.

The BBC reports that Sturgeon has previously said a soft Brexit would see the prospect of Scottish independence “put aside” in the short-term.

In 2014, Scottish voters backed staying in the UK in a closely fought referendum by 55% to 44%.

Scottish voters also voted for the UK to remain in the EU by 62% to 38%.

Sturgeon said in her interview to be broadcast this morning that the UK Government and Theresa May would “be making a big mistake if they think I am in any way bluffing” with regards to holding another Scottish independence referendum.

She she would:

Give Scotland the opportunity to decide whether it wants to be driven off a hard Brexit cliff by right-wing Tory Brexiteers or whether it wants to take control of its own future.

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