Sturgeon says timing of Scottish independence vote on hold until Brexit clearer

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks on the 20th anniversary of Scotland voting to establish its own Parliament, in Edinburgh, Britain, September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she would not set out a timetable for another possible referendum on Scottish independence until Britain had more clarity on its future relationship with the European Union after Brexit.

Her party backed off on the offer of a new Scottish independence referendum this summer after her party lost electoral support in Britain’s June national election.

“I won’t give any further consideration to the timing, until Brexit and the terms of Brexit become clearer, until we’ve got a clear line of sight about what all that means for Scotland,” she told the BBC’s Andrew Marr on Sunday. “We will consider the timing again when we have more clarity.”

She said, however, the public mood around the future relationship between Britain and the trading bloc had changed since the national election in June which saw Prime Minister Theresa May lose her majority.

“It would be an act of monumental folly for UK to come out of single market,” she said.

Reporting by Elisabeth O’Leary and Paul Sandle

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