told MSPs she would consider "all options to protect our relationship" with the bloc (EU)
There was now a “significant and material change” to the circumstances of two years ago, and Ms Sturgeon said: “Scotland should have the right to hold another referendum if there are significant and material change to the circumstances in 2014 such as Scotland being taken out of EU.
“Scotland faces that prospect. A second referendum is now highly likely
Nicola Sturgeon has said the time has come for Scotland to have a new conversation about independence.
Giving a speech in the town where "Braveheart" William Wallace won a historic battle against the English, the Scottish First Minister said she would trigger the "biggest ever political listening exercise" to convince voters a second referendum is needed.
A new YouGov poll put support for Scottish independence at 44% — its lowest level since the September 2014 referendum, when 45% voted to remain part of the UK
Asked if she was "bluffing" because she knew she could not win a second independence referendum, Ms Sturgeon said: "They will be making a big mistake if they think I am in any way bluffing."
“There is not going to be an independence referendum in 2017, I don’t think there is anybody who thinks that is the case,”
Kenny MacAskill, who served as Justice Secretary under Alex Salmond for seven years, said Scotland’s current circumstances mean the odds of achieving independence are “less favourable” than last time around.
the former SNP MSP added that the unresolved issue of what currency an independent Scotland might use “hangs like a dark cloud” over those who believe it would be better off outside the UK.
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