- Title: Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon using election to press for independence
- Date: 31st May 2017
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - MAY 11, 2015) (REUTERS) SCOTTISH FLAG OUTSIDE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT VARIOUS OF NEW SNP LEADER NICOLA STURGEON AND SNP MPs STANDING OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT, CHEERING
- Embargoed: 14th June 2017 14:51
- Keywords: Scottish National Party SNP Nicola Sturgeon Brexit election Scottish independence
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK / EDINBURGH AND GLASGOW AND PERTH, SCOTLAND, UK
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK / EDINBURGH AND GLASGOW AND PERTH, SCOTLAND, UK
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA0016J6P2RR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The Scottish National Party will push for a new referendum on independence as an alternative to Brexit, party leader Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday (May 30), as the SNP digs its heels in on an issue that may cost her party support in Britain's June 8 election.
Sturgeon became leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in 2014 after Alex Salmond resigned in the wake of his failed campaign to win the Scotland independence referendum.
Sturgeon led the SNP to its biggest victory in the general election in 2015, winning 56 out of Scotland's 59 seats in Westminster.
Ever since the shock Brexit referendum result, Sturgeon has pressed for a second independence referendum, vowing to keep Scotland in the European Union.
She has repeatedly clashed with British Prime Minister Theresa May over the issue of Brexit.
Launching the SNP manifesto, Sturgeon called for a vote on independence to be held at the end of the Brexit process in 2019.
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