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    UK Labour leader on Saturday called on the Scottish electorate to vote at the forthcoming Brexit referendum.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Saturday called on the Scottish voters to vote at the forthcoming Brexit referendum not focusing on the possibility of another independence vote in the region.

    Earlier in the week, former UK Prime Minister John Major said that London's leaving the 28-nation bloc would be a mistake and could result in yet another referendum on the independence of Scotland, as Scottish politicians had appealed for.

    "I think we should not get into that debate [on yet another independence referendum] at the present time, the important thing is to decide how you are going to vote on June 23… I hope people will vote for what they want on June 23, and decide whether they wish to be part of the European Union or not on the basis of solidarity with people across the continent," Corbyn was quoted as saying by ITV broadcaster.

    UK citizens are set to vote on June 23 in a referendum on the country's EU membership, after British Prime Minister David Cameron and the leaders of the 27 other EU member states reached a deal in February to grant the United Kingdom a special status within the bloc.

    In September 2014, Scotland held a referendum on independence from the United Kingdom, in which over 55 percent of the electorate rejected secession. The issue however remains on the Scottish agenda.

    In February, Angus Robertson, the leader of the SNP in Westminster, said that the Scots would initiate a new referendum on independence from the United Kingdom in case the latter decides to leave the European Union at the nationwide vote.

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