Scottish National Party (SNP) leader, and Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon makes her closing speech during the Scottish National Party (SNP) Spring Conference in Aberdeen, east of Scotland, on March 18, 2017. / AFP / Michal Wachucik
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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon insisted Saturday that Scotland will have another referendum on seceding from the U.K., as she blasted British Prime Minister Theresa May.Sturgeon caught the British government off-guard on Monday when she demanded a new referendum by early 2019 at the latest, just before the U.K. is expected to leave the EU.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, requiring another vote within the next two years.In last year's referendum on EU membership, 62 percent in Scotland voted for Britain to remain in the bloc, but across the whole kingdom, 52 percent backed Brexit.Scotland's relationship with the EU is at the forefront of the SNP's renewed call for independence, although EU officials have indicated it would have to reapply to join the bloc rather than inherit Britain's membership.
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