In Wake of Brexit, Scotland Threatens Revolt

Nicola Sturgeon says parliament could block exit from EU, new independence vote likely
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2016 8:59 AM CDT
Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, casts her vote in Glasgow, Thursday, June 23, 2016, as voters head to the polls across the United Kingdom in a referendum on whether the UK should remain a...   (Jane Barlow/PA via AP)
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(Newser) – The Brexit continues to reverberate: As a wave of British MPs stepped down Sunday over the vote to leave the European Union, Scotland's First Minister says Britain could be leaving by itself—and Nicola Sturgeon is putting her money where her mouth is, saying "of course" she's ready to block approval of the move in her parliament. "If the Scottish parliament was judging this on the basis of what's right for Scotland then the option of saying that we're not going to vote for something that is against Scotland's interest, of course that's going to be on the table," Sturgeon says.

As Reuters reports, Scotland voted against the Brexit 62% to 38%, as opposed to the 52% to 48% margin that carried it in the whole UK. When Scotland voted against independence two years ago, a main argument for staying was to remain a part of the EU; with that argument now gone, Sturgeon says that a new referendum on Scottish independence is "highly likely." Meanwhile, John Kerry is headed for London and Brussels on Monday, reports the AP. He's urging leaders to "work together to provide as much continuity, as much stability, as much certainty as possible" as the divorce goes through. (Read more Scotland stories.)

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