Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Scottish Parliament backs proposal for second independence from UK referendum

The Scottish Parliament on Tuesday passed a motion that allows its first minister to seek a new referendum on Scotland's independence from the United Kingdom.

Holyrood, as the legislative is commonly known, passed the motion proposed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, of the Scottish National Party, by a margin of 69 votes in favor and 59 against.

The SNP and the Scottish Greens united to achieve a majority, while the Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and Labour Members of the Scottish Parliament voted against the proposal.

The motion called for a second independence referendum _ following the one held in Sept. 2014 that saw 55 percent voting against independence _ to be held between fall of 2018 and spring 2019.



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