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Mundell responds to First Minister's speech

Scottish Secretary David Mundell Credit: PA

Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell has responded to First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon's opening speech to the SNP Conference in Glasgow today.

The Conservative MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale & Tweeddale says talk of a second independence referendum is creating uncertainty.

“The people of Scotland spoke loudly and clearly in the result of the legal, fair and decisive referendum of 2014 and that should be respected, as the UK and Scottish Governments both committed to do in the Edinburgh Agreement.

"As we prepare to leave the EU, the First Minister should commit her Government to working constructively with the UK Government to seize the opportunities that will bring, not taking Scotland back to the divisive constitutional debates of the past."

– Scottish Secretary David Mundell
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'Sturgeon has upped the ante' in the post-Brexit debate

Nicola Sturgeon has just upped the ante in the post-Brexit debate by saying a second independence referendum in Scotland is now "highly likely".

Up to now the First Minister has been cautious about such a promise, but after Scotland voted to Remain while most of the UK voted to Leave, he has thrown caution to the wind.

She is now going to go into talks with the Westminster government. IN theory Westminster has to agree - as the constitution is a reserved matter.

But ms Sturgeon more or less said she will seek Holyrood's support to go ahead with asking Scots again about independence whatever happens.

She is hoping that by being more pro-EU she will get support from European politicians who have lost patience with Westminster


Nicola Sturgeon: 'Second independence referendum now highly likely'

First Minister for Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has claimed that a second Scottish independence referendum is now 'highly likely', following the UK's decision to leave the European Union.

ITV Border's Political Editor Peter MacMahon is in Edinburgh and has been live-tweeting Sturgeon's statement:

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Independence referendum anniversary: prospect of second vote remains

The prospect of a second referendum remains. Credit: PA

One year ago today, Scotland voted to remain in the UK.

But on the anniversary of the independence referendum, the prospect of a second vote remains.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the Scottish National Party will set out the timescale for a possible second referendum in its manifesto for next year's Holyrood election.

But Prime Minister David Cameron has ruled out a second referendum in this Parliament.

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