Nicola Sturgeon announced her plan for a second Scottish independence referendum following Britain’s Brexit negotiations, in a speech on Monday.
“I can confirm today that next week I will seek the authority of the Scottish Parliament to agree with the UK government the details of a section 30 order – the procedure that will enable the Scottish Parliament to legislate for an independence referendum,” said Sturgeon.
Scotland’s Green Party has indicated support for the authorisation of Section 30, ensuring a clear majority in the Scottish Parliament.
The First Minister said that she’ll push for the Scottish parliament to vote next week, adding that the details of the referendum, such as timing, “must be for Scotland to decide.” But did suggest that the SNP would want it to take place between the Autumn of 2018 and the Spring of 2019.
The basis for holding a second referendum, she said, was due to “a material change of circumstances” following the United Kingdom’s vote last year to leave the European Union, despite Scotland’s vote to remain.
“Brexit has made change inevitable. The option of no change is no longer available,” Sturgeon said.
Despite the likelihood of the Scottish Parliament authorising section 30, which will start the legal process of holding a second independence referendum, Westminster still withholds the power to veto the decision.