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Scottish must determine own future, says Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon at an event in Edinburgh
Nicola Sturgeon at an event in Edinburgh

By Katrine Bussey

A second vote on Scottish independence is a "democratic right" after the SNP's victory in Scotland in a "watershed" general election, Nicola Sturgeon has declared.

The First Minister confirmed she will formally request the powers for Holyrood to hold a ballot, saying the Scottish Government would "publish the detailed democratic case for a transfer of power to enable a referendum to be put beyond legal challenge".

After the SNP took 48 of the 59 seats in Scotland - at the same time as the Conservatives lost seven of their 13 seats north of the border - she said Scotland has chosen a different future than the rest of the UK.

Ms Sturgeon said the "stunning" result for the SNP "renews, reinforces and strengthens" the mandate for a fresh vote on independence.

The SNP leader said: "This is not about asking Boris Johnson or any other Westminster politician for permission. It is an assertion of the democratic right of the people of Scotland to determine their own future."

Mr Johnson has already made clear he is not prepared to grant a section 30 order - which would transfer the power to Holyrood to hold a referendum.

But Ms Sturgeon said: "Given what I fear the Tory Government has in store for Scotland, that right to choose our own future has never been more important."

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