The first minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon Monday said she will ask Scottish parliament to vote next week for second independence referendum.
Sturgeon said it was clear that the UK was heading for a "hard Brexit" to the detriment of Scotland, and that Scottish voters deserved a choice of remaining in the European Union as part of an independent nation.
She said if the Scottish parliament gives her the authority to hold a second referendum, Westminster should respect that.
Scotland voted 62 per cent to 38 per cent to remain in the EU and Sturgeon said it was for the people to decide whether they followed the rest of the UK or forged their own path.
"I am ensuring that Scotland's future ... will be decided by the people of Scotland," she said at a press conference in Edinburgh.
"It will be Scotland's choice and I trust the people of Scotland to make that choice."
Sturgeon said the referendum would take place between late 2018 and early 2019.
Her announcement came as the British government prepared to fire the starting gun of leaving the European Union.
Both houses of the UK parliament will vote on the EU Withdrawal Bill later. If it is passed, the bill would allow UK Prime Minister Theresa May to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which governs the relationships between EU member states.
That would give the UK two-year’s time to hammer out a divorce deal with the other 27 EU governments. The negotiations are expected to be tough, and there is no guarantee that a deal could be reached in the time available.
Government ministers have urged the House of Lords not to stand in the way of the bill if, as expected, MPs vote to remove amendments on Monday afternoon.
Any delay in the parliamentary process could mean the process would be pushed later in the month, as the UK government wants to avoid a clash with the Dutch elections, which are held on Wednesday.
The move led to Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announcing that she would seek approval next week for new Scottish independence referendum.
Source: The Guardian, CNN, The Independent UK