Nicola Sturgeon has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to grant Holyrood the power to hold a second vote on Scottish independence.
The call comes one week after Johnson’s Conservative Party scooped a victory in a general election.
Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, said at her official Bute House residence on Thursday: “The mandate we have to offer the Scottish people a choice over their future is, by any normal standard of democracy, unarguable.
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“We are therefore today calling for the UK government to negotiate and agree the transfer of power that would put beyond doubt the Scottish Parliament’s right to legislate for a referendum on independence.”
Powers to hold a referendum are reserved to Westminster, therefore what is known as a “section 30 order” is required if an independence ballot is to be held in Scotland.
Sturgeon has formally written to Johnson, calling for a Section 30 order to be granted.
The first Scottish independence referendum in 2014 saw most Scots voting to remain in the UK.
Johnson is expected to refuse Sturgeon’s request for another vote.
“The Tories (Conservatives) are in effect saying to people here that democracy in Scotland stopped the day we voted No in 2014. That cannot and that will not hold,” said Sturgeon.
“In 2014, a majority of people did indeed vote No to independence, but in 2016 an overwhelming majority voted to Remain in the European Union.
“The future that the people of Scotland once chose is simply no longer available to them.”
Scotland’s nationalist government will consider all options to achieve self-determination if the British government tries to stop it from holding a referendum, Sturgeon warned.