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Sturgeon: Scottish referendum before 2020 highly likely

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said a second referendum on Scottish independence before 2020 is "highly likely".

Speaking on ITV's Peston on Sunday, Ms Sturgeon said events since Britain voted to leave the EU has made her even more resolved to push through another referendum.

The First Minister said she is "absolutely serious" about exploring other options, but insisted that the prime minister must show Scotland's interests within the UK can be protected.

"If Scotland really is an equal partner in the UK [and] Theresa May is serious about protecting the UK, then it's time for her to turn those words into action and actually demonstrate that Scotland's voice is heard," Ms Sturgeon said.

The first minister also attacked Theresa's May for not sharing her position on negotiating Britain's exit from the EU, saying her approach is "unsustainable and unacceptable".


Sturgeon accuses May of ignoring Scotland over Brexit

Nicola Sturgeon has accused Theresa May of ignoring Scotland's "voice and interests" as Britain prepares to leave the European Union.

The prime minister told the Conservative party conference in Birmingham there is "no opt out from Brexit" and she will "never allow divisive nationalists to undermine the precious union between the four nations of our United Kingdom".

"We will negotiate as one United Kingdom and we will leave the European Union as one United Kingdom," said Mrs May.

But the First Minister of Scotland hit out at Mrs May's remarks, after the majority of people in Scotland voted to remain in the EU, unlike the rest of the UK.

Ms Sturgeon said on twitter the prime minister was "going out of her way" to say that "Scotland's voice and interest don't matter".

She added that Mrs May's "approach" was "strange" for "someone who wants to keep the UK together".

May makes trip to Scotland in bid to keep UK united

Theresa May underlined the importance of keeping Britain united by making her first official visit to Scotland.

The Prime Minister met First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and said she will listen to options to satisfy Scotland's wish of keeping close ties with Europe.

ITV News' Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports:

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