Scotland formally requests referendum, U.K. plans to deny it

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Scottish Parliament voted 69-59 this week in favour of asking for an independence vote

The Associated Press
Posted: Mar 31, 2017 9:30 AM ET
Last Updated: Mar 31, 2017 9:30 AM ET

Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon has formally requested a second referendum on Scottish independence.

The first minister sent U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May a letter Friday formally requesting the transfer of powers to allow a second vote.

The letter followed a 69-59 vote in the Scottish Parliament this week in favour of asking for an independence referendum. The Scots want the vote to take place between autumn 2018 and spring 2019.

Sturgeon’s letter says “the people of Scotland must have the right to choose our own future — in short, to exercise our right of self-determination.”

Britain’s government has said it will deny the request.

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