Sturgeon says autumn 2018 would be "common sense" date for Scottish independence vote: BBC

Sturgeon says autumn 2018 would be "common sense" date for Scottish independence vote: BBC
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon poses for a photograph at SSE's new Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre, in Pitlochry, Scotland, Britain, February 6, 2017.
PHOTO: Reuters

Autumn 2018 would be a "common sense" date for any second Scottish independence referendum, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said in an interview with the BBC.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon poses for a photograph at SSE's new Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre, in Pitlochry, Scotland, Britain, February 6, 2017. Photo: Reuters

Sturgeon said she would take things forward at "the pace that I think is right for the country" but no final decision had yet been made on holding such a vote. Sturgeon, elected leader in 2014 after an unsuccessful referendum to break away from the United Kingdom, has long said she will seek to give Scots a second vote if they are forced into a "hard Brexit" that would end their preferential access to the EU's single market and free movement of labour.

The "sheer intransigence" of the British government over Brexit could lead to a second Scottish independence referendum, the head of the devolved Scottish government had warned last month.

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