Scottish leader to seek vote for independence in wake of Brexit vote
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Scottish leaders are calling for independence from the United Kingdom in the wake of the U.K. vote to leave the European Union.


Nicola Sturgeon, head of the Scottish National Party, on Friday said the party will push for a referendum on Scottish independence, according to The Washington Post

“We will begin to prepare the legislation that would be required to enable a new independence referendum to take place if and when parliament decides,” she told reporters.

In 2014, Scotland voted against independence in order to stay with the EU.

On Thursday, 62 percent of Scottish voters backed remaining in the bloc, compared with 47 percent in England.

“I am proud of Scotland and how we voted yesterday,” added Sturgeon. “We proved that we are a modern, outward-looking and inclusive country, and we said clearly that we do not want to leave the European Union.”

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Trump was in Scotland for the reopening of his golf resort at Turnberry.