Scotland's Sturgeon says mandate for independence vote stronger than it was for Brexit vote

Scotland's First Minister Sturgeon holds news conference on proposed second referendum on Scottish independence, in Edinburgh

LONDON (Reuters) - Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Wednesday that there was a stronger mandate for a Scottish independence referendum than there ever was for Britain's 2016 vote on whether to leave the EU.

"There is a stronger mandate for an independence referendum in the Scottish parliament than there ever was for a Brexit referendum in the UK Parliament," Sturgeon said.

"A majority of MSPs in the Scottish Parliament support a referendum so if we had a democracy then that should be respected," she added

(Reporting by Farouq Suleiman; editing by William James)