Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says it is “highly likely” that the country holds another referendum on independence before 2020 as Britain is preparing to leave the European Union.
During a TV show on Sunday, the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) was asked whether she would anticipate another vote for referendum by 2020 following one in 2014 that determined the country should not become independent.
"I think it's highly likely given the situation we're in. I said that actually during the morning after the EU referendum and nothing has changed my mind. If anything, what's happened since then it probably made me think that even more so than I did during the morning after the referendum,” she said on ITV.
This is while Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to impede efforts for another independence vote, calling on the SNP to respect the result of the last referendum.
Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May (L) is greet by Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (R) as she arrives for talks at Bute House, in Edinburgh, on July 15, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
“Theresa May is serious about protecting the UK, then it's time for her to turn those words into action and actually demonstrate that Scotland's voice is heard and our interests can be protected within the UK,” Sturgeon said. “We've not seen much of that from the prime minister so far so we hope to see more of it in the weeks to come."
As the Brexit vote was held on June 23, Scotland voted by a large margin to remain an EU member; however, the total results turned out in favor of the so-called Leave campaign.