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    Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon signed a formal letter on Thursday requesting powers to call a second referendum on Scottish independence.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Scottish parliament backed on Tuesday seeking the UK government’s permission to hold a new vote via Section 30 order.

    The Scottish government has released a photo showing Sturgeon finalizing the Section 30 letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, at her residence in Edinburgh.

    ​The letter is expected to be sent to May's office on Friday, the BBC reported.

    This comes a day after May sent a letter to European Council chief Donald Tusk notifying him of UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

    Sturgeon said earlier a referendum could take place amid Brexit, between fall 2018 and spring 2019, but May said the time was not right.

    Scotland voted to stay in the United Kingdom in 2014. A large majority of Scots also backed continued EU membership in last June’s referendum but was outvoted by EU-weary England and Wales.


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