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UK government rejects Scotland's bid for second independence referendum
March 28, 2017 / 4:42 PM / 6 months ago

UK government rejects Scotland's bid for second independence referendum

The Union flag and The Scottish Saltire fly at the Scottish Parliament ahead of a referendum debate in Edinburgh Scotland, Britain March 21, 2017. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government said on Tuesday it would not be entering into negotiations on the Scottish government’s proposal to hold a new independence referendum in late 2018 or early 2019.

It was reacting to a vote in the Scottish parliament earlier backing First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s bid for an independence vote.

“It would be unfair to the people of Scotland to ask them to make a crucial decision without the necessary information about our future relationship with Europe, or what an independent Scotland would look like,” it added.

Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; editing by Stephen Addison

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