Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon(Reuters)
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Second Scottish independence vote ‘on the table’: Scotland leader

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Friday that a second independence vote was “on the table” after Britain voted to leave the European Union.
By Agencies
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2016 04:29 PM IST

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Friday that a second independence vote was “on the table” after Britain voted to leave the European Union.

Read: Britain votes to leave EU, Cameron quits, markets plunge

“The option of a second referendum must be on the table and it is on the table,” she said, adding that legislation for another vote following the one held in 2014 would be prepared when the Scottish Parliament approved it.

Read: How the UK could remain in the EU despite a vote to leave

Independence was defeated two years ago in a Scottish referendum.

Sturgeon said she would do everything possible to keep Scotland inside the EU.

Britain’s decision to leave the EU represents a substantial, material change in Scotland’s relations and could justify another independence vote, she said.

Read: Eye on trade, economy: What Brexit means for India

The Scottish leader also praised British Prime Minister David Cameron, who has said he will resign when a new party leader is chosen before October.

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