Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, and Deputy First Minister John Swinney wave at the Scottish National Party (SNP)'s party conference in Aberdeen, Scotland, Britain March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was set to ramp up the rhetoric in her demands for another secession referendum when she rallies her independence-hungry footsoldiers Saturday.Sturgeon caught the British government off-guard Monday when she demanded a new referendum by early 2019 at the latest, just before the U.K. is expected to leave the European Union.In Scotland's 2014 plebiscite, 55 percent backed staying in the U.K. But the SNP says the political landscape has dramatically changed since then.In the 2016 EU membership referendum, 62 percent of voters in Scotland wanted Britain to remain in the bloc.On the back of the Brexit vote, Sturgeon now wants another referendum between late 2018 and early 2019, before Britain leaves the EU.According to the latest annual ScotCen Scottish Social Attitudes survey released Wednesday, 46 percent of Scottish voters now back breaking away from the U.K.
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