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Brexit boosts support for Scottish independence

Alex Salmond

Scottish parliament has shown its disapproval of the Brexit with 90 votes to 34 against triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on Tuesday which is required before the Brexit can officially begin.

It argued that the triggering of Article 50, which starts the two-year Brexit process, should be rejected because the United Kingdom government has left too many questions unanswered.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said, however, she would let MSPs have a say in what would be a largely symbolic vote.

Responding tp Robertson May said: "The Supreme Court was very clear that the Scottish Parliament does not have a veto on triggering Article 50".

"If the Tories continue with their blind pursuit of a "hard" Brexit, ignoring the clear view of an overwhelming majority of people in Scotland, then more and more people will see independence as the option delivering certainty and stability", Mr. Mackay said in a recent interview.

SNP MPs later complained that only four of them had been called to speak.

In the vote in the U.K. Parliament last week, only one of the 59 members representing Scotland backed the plan to invoke Article 50 to quit the EU. Today, the Parliament voted against the bill in a large number.

"However, this poll, up three points since the last BMG poll, highlights the impact of Westminster's refusal to seriously consider Scotland's vote to stay in the European Union or any compromise proposals which have been presented to them".

The Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe, Mike Russell, said the Scottish government will never allow Scotland to be humiliated and its democratic choice rejected.

However, Kezia Dugdale, the Scottish Labour leader, suffered a rebellion from three of her MSPs who broke the whip to defy her order to oppose the motion.

"While the bill to leave the European Union is still progressing through the House of Commons, Labour in Holyrood will send a clear message that we do not support a hard Brexit", she added.

According to our presenter, this is because they know they've "greatly overstated" the desire of the Scottish people to stay within the European Union.

The Scottish Greens' six seats in the Scottish parliament would complete the 65 seats for a majority that Sturgeon's Scottish National Party (SNP), with 63, would need to pass legislation on a referendum.

He hit out at the Scottish administration for spending an "awful lot of time" debating "motion after motion after motion" and not addressing "significant" issues in other areas, such as public services.

Scotland was told it would be an "equal partner" in the British union if it rejected independence, which it did by 55 percent in a 2014 referendum.