Nicola Sturgeon wins vote for second Scottish referendum
Nicola Sturgeon has won a vote to approach Theresa May over a Scottish referendum (Picture: AFP/Scottish Parliament/Andrew Cowan)

The Scottish Parliament has backed Nicola Sturgeon’s call for a second independence referendum.

MSPs voted 69-59 demanding Westminster gives Holyrood the power to hold a second referendum.

Scottish Parliament expected to back Sturgeon’s call for second independence referendumThe vote means the First Minister will make an official demand to Theresa May for talks over an order to transfer powers to the Scottish government for a referendum to take place between autumn 2018 and spring 2019.

However, the prime minister, who was in Scotland yesterday, has already said she will not allow another independence vote until Brexit has been negotiated and Scotland will see how the land lies.

It was expected that the Scottish parliament would back the vote following a two-day debate that started last Tuesday but was delayed because of the terror attack in Westminster.

Scottish Parliament votes for second independence referendum
Nicola Sturgeon wins vote for second Scottish referendum
Theresa May met with Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow yesterday (Picture: REUTERS/Russell Cheyne)

Opening the debate, the First Minister told the Scottish Parliament it would be ‘wrong, unfair and utterly unsustainable’ for the UK Government to block her request.

About 62% of Scottish voters backed the UK remaining part of the EU in June 2016 and the SNP manifesto for last year’s Holyrood elections made clear another ballot on independence should take place if there were a ‘material change in circumstances’ from the previous ballot in 2014.

The example cited was for Scotland to be removed from the EU against its wishes.

Nicola Sturgeon wins vote for second Scottish referendum

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