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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon raised the possibility of a new independence referendum in autumn 2018 in a BBC interview aired on Thursday.
Asked if autumn 2018 was a possible date for the referendum, the pro-independence Scottish National Party leader answered: "Within that window.
"I guess when the sort of outline of a UK deal becomes clear on the UK exiting the EU, I think would be a common sense time for Scotland to have that choice if that is the road we choose to go down."
Following Britain's June 2016 referendum on EU membership, in which the country as a whole opted by 52 percent for Brexit, Sturgeon said a fresh bid for Scottish independence was "highly likely".
Scotland already held an independence referendum in 2014 in which 55 percent voted to stay a part of the United Kingdom and 45 percent voted to leave.
The British government has said that vote settles the question for a generation but Sturgeon has argued that circumstances have now changed as Scotland is going to be taken out of the EU "against its will".
Sturgeon has asked for a "differentiated solution" for semi-autonomous Scotland to remain in the European single market but has said her request has been met with "intransigence" from London.
Sturgeon would need permission from the national government to hold another independence vote and some reports have suggested she could do so at her party's spring conference later this month.Last Mod: 09 Mart 2017, 11:48