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    Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks in the chamber on the second day of the 'Scotland's Choice' debate on a motion to seek the authority to hold an indpendence referendum, at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh

    Scottish Leader to Ask London for Powers to Hold New Independence Vote in 2020

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    LONDON (Sputnik) - Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday announced her government’s bid to deliver a new independence referendum in 2020, saying she would request London’s formal consent as early as this year.

    "My call is that the referendum must happen next year … and I can confirm today that before the end of this year I will demand the transfer of power that puts the legality of that referendum beyond any doubt," she said.

    Sturgeon spoke at a conference of her Scottish National Party in Aberdeen. Her announcement that the Scottish government had already completed all necessary legislative preparations was met with a standing ovation.

    Scots voted 55 percent to 45 percent to stay in the United Kingdom in the 2014 vote but overwhelmingly rejected the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union two years later. Sturgeon has repeatedly said she would not let the Scottish nation to be dragged out of the EU.

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