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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.

Mundell: 'independence is possible'

Scottish Secretary David Mundell says "independence is possible", and that those who support the United Kingdom "cannot take anything for granted".

He was speaking in Holyrood on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Scottish Independence Referendum:

What the referendum did make clear however, and what the SNP's success in the General Election underlines is that Independence is possible and the pro-independence message has resonance.

The conclusion to be drawn by all who support the United Kingdom and Scotland's place in it, is that we cannot take anything for granted.

We must commit ourselves to making the positive case for the union, just as frequently and just as passionately as those who support independence make their case."

– David Mundell MP

Sturgeon: anti-referendum campaigners 'fear democracy'

On the eve of the anniversary of the Scottish Independence Referendum, Nicola Sturgeon has said those who fervently oppose another referendum "fear democracy":

In every single one of the 24 polls conducted in the last 12 months, support for independence is higher than it was on Referendum Day.

I think we are starting to see quite clearly that the desperation of the Better Together Parties to have a Referendum ruled out indefinitely is not because they respect democracy, it is because on this issue, they increasingly fear democracy.

– Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister


Sturgeon warns of EU referendum backlash

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Nicola Sturgeon has warned there will be strong backlash from voters if Scotland is taken out of Europe against its will.

In a speech in Brussels, the First Minister said leaving should only be possible if all four UK nations agree.

David Cameron says he'll hold a referendum before the end of 2017.

If most Scots vote to stay, and the rest of the UK decides to leave, Nicola Sturgeon says it could spark another drive for independence.

Bluntly, I believe the groundswell of anger among ordinary people in Scotland in these circumstances would produce a clamour for another independence referendum, which may well be unstoppable."

– First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
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