Scottish parliament votes for new independence referendum

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EDINBURGH : Scotland’s parliament on Tuesday voted to allow First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to make a formal request to the British government to hold a new referendum on independence, on the eve of the formal launch of Brexit.

The Edinburgh parliament voted by 69 votes in favour and 59 against in a rebuff to British Prime Minister Theresa May, who had argued that a 2014 referendum against independence had already settled the question.

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