IndyRef2 vote: MSPs back call for second referendum on Scottish independence

Politicians in Scotland have backed the proposal for a second independence referendum.

MSPs voted in favour of pressing ahead with IndyRef2 at a vote in Holyrood in Edinburgh on Tuesday.

They have supported first minister Nicola Sturgeon’s call for a second referendum on Scottish independence.

Her motion asked MSPs to back her in approaching the British government to seek permission for the referendum.

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The vote was made after the resumption of a debate that began last week but was halted because of Wednesday’s terror attack in Westminster.

Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May met in Glasgow on Monday (Picture: Rex)

Ms Sturgeon met British prime minister Theresa May in Glasgow on Monday to discuss the issue.

The pair are at loggerheads over the timing of another independence referendum.

Mrs May doesn’t want Scottish voters to go to the polls between autumn 2018 and spring 2019 – the time frame proposed by Ms Sturgeon.

Today’s vote gives the Scottish government a mandate to take forward discussions with the British government over the details of a Section 30 order, which would transfer the legal powers for a referendum.

Last week, the first minister said it would be ‘wrong, unfair and utterly unsustainable’ for the British government to block her proposal for another referendum.

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