Nicola Sturgeon calls for fresh Scottish independence referendum after SNP success

13 December 2019, 12:18 | Updated: 13 December 2019, 12:41

Nicola Sturgeon has called for IndyRef2
Nicola Sturgeon has called for IndyRef2. Picture: PA

By Kate Buck

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has called for a second referendum on Scottish independence in the wake of her party's success in the general election.

Speaking at a press conference shortly, she demanded the prime minister transfer the right to call the referendum to the Scottish Parliament.

The SNP achieved 45 per cent of the total vote in Scotland, meaning they achieved a total of 48 MPs in the House of Commons.

Ms Sturgeon said the election result showed the "kind of future desired by the majority in Scotland is different to that chosen by the rest of the UK".

She added: "During this campaign, I said repeatedly that all elections are important but that this one really mattered. I said the very future of Scotland was on the line. Last night was indeed a watershed moment.

"So, today, as we reflect on the outcome, we should also look ahead. This morning I want to address both the people of Scotland and the Prime Minister directly.

"To the people of Scotland I want to say thank you. Thank you for the overwhelming victory you gave the SNP last night. The SNP will never take you for granted.

Firstly, it is now clear beyond any doubt that the overwhelming majority of people in Scotland want to remain in the European Union," Mrs Sturgeon added.

"That verdict was first delivered in the referendum in 2016. It was reinforced in the general election of 2017. It was strengthened in the European election earlier this year. And last night it was emphatically confirmed.

"Westminster has ignored people in Scotland for three years. Last night the people of Scotland said - enough. It is time for Boris Johnson to start listening.

"I accept - regretfully - that he has a mandate for Brexit in England. But he has no mandate whatsoever to take Scotland out of the EU."

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