Scotland ponders second referendum of independence from UK

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 10: In this handout image provided by Buzz Feed,  Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon takes part in a BuzzFeed News and Facebook live EU referendum debate on June 10, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. BuzzFeed News and Facebook hosted a live EU referendum debate with David Cameron, Nicola Sturgeon, Nigel Farage and Penny Mordaunt. The event was presented by BuzzFeed News political editor Jim Waterson and senior political correspondent Emily Ashton. (Photo by BuzzFeed News/Facebook via Getty Images)
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A second Scottish independence referendum is “highly likely” and should take place before Britain leaves the European Union, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.

Scotland voted to stay in the EU by 62 to 38 percent in a referendum on Thursday, putting it at odds with the United Kingdom as a whole, which voted 52-48 in favour of leaving.

“It is a statement of the obvious that the option of a second independence referendum must be on the table and is on the table,” Sturgeon told a news conference on Friday.

“As things stand, Scotland faces the prospect of being taken out of the EU against her will. I regard that as democratically unacceptable,” she added.

“I think an independence referendum is now highly likely.”

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