FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon has formally requested the power to hold a second Scottish independence referendum and stated there is “no rational reason” for PM Theresa May to block it.
Ms Sturgeon’s letter to officially request a Section 30 order — which will grant Holyrood the power to hold a vote — was received by Westminster yesterday.
MSPs voted this week 69 to 59 in favour of seeking permission for a referendum to take place no later than spring 2019.
Even though Scottish Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats voted against a second referendum, the SNP was able to pass the vote with the help of the Scottish Greens.
In the letter sent to the Prime Minister, Ms Sturgeon wrote: “There appears to be no rational reason for you to stand in the way of the will of the Scottish Parliament and I hope you will not do so.”
If Ms May refuses it, the First Minister pledged to return to the Scottish Parliament with a plan on how to “move forward” based on information about what deal Britain would get from the EU.
A government spokeswoman said that Ms May “has been clear that now is not the time for a second independence referendum” and that Westminster would not consider negotiations about it.