Scottish entrepreneurs: how would you vote in a second referendum?

Modesto Morganelli
Marzo 20, 2017

Theresa May today left the door open for a Scottish referendum in the aftermath of Brexit, as Downing Street refused to rule out a summer 2019 vote.

Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced her intention to hold a second independence referendum in Scotland by spring 2019, at the latest.

Despite the limited timeframe put forward in the motion, Sturgeon has repeatedly claimed over the weekend that she is open to negotiate the timing of the vote - and would be prepared to wait until after the United Kingdom has officially left the European Union in March 2019.

Sturgeon will this week call for the Scottish Parliament to set in train a second referendum, largely based on her election manifesto, which stated: "The Scottish Parliament should have the right to hold another referendum... if there is a significant and material change in the circumstances that prevailed in 2014, such as Scotland being taken out the European Union against our will".

MSPs would decide the timing and franchise for the vote and the question on the ballot paper, the motion states.

Theresa May has already rejected this timescale, arguing that Scots can not make a judgement until they know how Brexit has bedded in.

"The timeframe set down within that is the timeframe to which the Prime Minister responded last week and she was clear now is not the time to be having a referendum".

She said: "I think we should have that choice before Scotland is taken out of the European Union and a long period of time elapses, making it much harder for Scotland to try to negotiate a different relationship with Europe". But on Sunday she hinted that she could be willing to wait up to another year.

Appearing on the BBC's Westminster Hour last night, SNP MP Stephen Gethins urged Theresa May to negotiate "openly and honestly" with Sturgeon on the referendum date and added: "We're dealing with reasonable people". The motion, which will be debated on Wednesday, "mandates" the Scottish Government to start negotiations with the UK Government over holding a rerun of the 2014 referendum.

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