18:02 GMT09 August 2020
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    On Saturday, tens of thousands of Scottish independence supporters marched through the streets of Edinburgh amid escalating pressure on the Scottish National Party (SNP) as it prepared to set a date for a second referendum.

    Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that it was great to see that polls showed support for an increased pro-independence mood in Scotland, however, she stated that timing was of the essence.

    READ MORE: Scottish SNP Lost Votes Due to Plans to Hold New Independence Referendum

    The official also noted that the next steps to take in resolving the issue of Scottish independence will be clarified when the measure to deal with Brexit will become more comprehensive. 

    The minister stressed further that she could not expect the Scottish National Party lawmakers to support the existing format of the Brexit deal.

    Sturgeon said in a BBC interview that she anticipated that British Prime Minister Theresa May will come up with a "cobbled-together" deal to withdraw from the EU, which would be unacceptable, as the parliament would be expected to endorse it without considering details.

    In March 2017, the Scottish parliament backed Sturgeon's proposal to ask for their second referendum on independence. Theresa May, the UK Prime Minister and the leader of the Conservatives, said that the timing for the referendum was not right and the United Kingdom had to focus on Brexit negotiations, which it has to conclude by spring 2019.

    The previous referendum on independence was held in Scotland in 2014 and resulted in 55 percent of voters choosing to stay part of the United Kingdom.


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