In Wake Of Brexit, Scotland Threatens Revolt


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 member of the European Union.  

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.

1073426-13-20160626071749Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon looks on during the SNP National Conference at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015.

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.”

1073427-13-20160626072009First Minister of Scotland and Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon celebrates with the results for her party in Glasgow, Scotland, Friday, May 8, 2015.

1073428-13-20160626072140In this Feb. 13, 2014, file photo, a Scottish flag and a Union flag fly outside a Scottish memorabilia shop in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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.


A Scottish Saltire flag blows in the wind near the statue of Robert the Bruce, at Bannockburn, Scotland, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. The monument commemorates Robert the Bruce, whose army defeated the English…

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