Scotland’s Parliament could attempt to block Britain from leaving the European Union, the country’s leader said Sunday amid continuing turmoil following the UK’s historic referendum to leave the European Union.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who has made clear her desire for her country to remain in the EU, said she would likely advise the Scottish Parliament not to give “legislative consent” to the UK’s exit from the international bloc.
Withholding Scotland’s consent might block the UK’s plans to move forward with the exit, Sturgeon told the BBC.
“I find it hard to believe that there wouldn’t be that requirement,” Sturgeon said of the need for Scotland’s approval. “I suspect that the UK government will take a very different view on that and we’ll have to see where that discussion ends up.”
Voters in Scotland and Northern Ireland overwhelmingly backed staying in the EU in Thursday’s plate-shifting referendum, but the role of Scotland’s Parliament in a final decision has not been made clear
The UK’s stunning vote to leave created a political, economic and diplomatic mess for the country, including the possibility of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland seeking independence to retain their EU membership.
Sturgeon vowed that a second independence from Britain — one in 2020 failed — was “highly likely” as a result of Britain’s decision to leave the EU.
Meanwhile, fallout within UK following the momentous vote continued Sunday.