As Brexit gets closer and closer, the governing Scottish National Party is reportedly pushing for a second independence referendum.
In the 2014 referendum, a clear majority of Scots (55.3%) voted to stay in the United Kingdom.
However, the majority of Scots also voted to “remain” in the European Union, and the divergence between the results in Scotland and the decision of the rest of the UK has increased the chances of a second independence vote.
Now, there are reports that Nicola Sturgeon – First Minister of Scotland – will push for another referendum.
As reported by the Sunday Times, the referendum could be called for the month of March – the same month that Brexit would become official.
It is said that UK Prime Minister Theresa May is preparing for the possibility, and may agree to have a referendum if it happens after Brexit takes place.
However, if the UK government says no to a second referendum vote, there could be an extended legal and political showdown between Scotland and the UK government over who really has the power to call a referendum.
It’s a bit ironic that the Scottish National Party resents the authority of London, but seems fine with the authority of Brussels and the failed EU bureaucrats.
That contradiction will certainly come up in any new campaign, and it remains to be seen if any more Scots would really be willing to break up the United Kingdom in favour of European Union dominance.
As you can see in the chart below, the British Pound fell on news a second referendum could take place:
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