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The Scottish Parliament has voted in favour of asking Westminster
for the powers to hold a second independence referendum.
The vote followed a heated and sometimes angry debate.
It ended 69 to 59, with the Greens backing the SNP.
But the UK Government says there will be no
negotiation until the Brexit process is complete.
Our political editor Brian Taylor reports.
From Beijing to Bute House, Chinese visitors to Edinburgh top-up their
The tourists are well up on the controversy
Nicola Sturgeon acknowledges that the argument was robust,
and she urged an open and respectful approach.
She said she wished the Prime Minister
well in pursuing a Brexit deal, but that was matched with a warning.
I simply want Scotland to have a choice when the time is right.
I hope that the UK Government will respect the will of this Parliament.
If it does so, I will enter discussion in good faith and with a
However, if it chooses not to do so, I will
return to the Parliament following the Easter
recess to set up the steps that
the Scottish Government will take to progress
Ruth Davidson accused the SNP of promoting
This is not a reasonable plan of a government, it is the SNP
cooking up the same recipe for division.
It might have worked once, but it stinks and the
people of Scotland are not buying it.
The First Minister says that Scotland must have the choice of
independence, the Prime Minister says the focus must be on the Brexit
She argued firmly against a referendum.
85% voted in the last referendum and voted decisively to
That is the will of the people and it should
My message to the First Minister remains unchanged.
We are divided enough, do not
The Liberal Democrats say you don't fix Brexit by breaking the UK.
The decision to withdraw from Europe broke my heart.
As an internationalist, my response could
never be to up sticks from the one union of nations I have left.
The greens backed the SNP and insisted
Brexited changed everything for Scotland.
We face being dragged out of the single market with no mandate
from the people of the UK or Scotland.
The SNP plus Green equals a majority demand for
Applause, cheers, but a solemn looking First Minister,
Chief among them, convincing the Prime
Minister to grant Holyrood the
Despite a majority, that will require
persuasion, pressure and that will be complex.
The vote went as expected and the First Minister has a mandate
now to seek permission for a second
But Westminster is emphatic that now is not the time.
The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Secretary David Mundell
People need to know what the choices on offer are. And until Brexit is
complete, people could not possibly know what they are alternatives
were. -- what the alternatives were. That is why we are saying no one now
and will not be entering into negotiations until the Brexit
process is complete. Now is the time for the Scottish Government to come
together with the UK Government, work together to get the best
possible deal for the UK and that will mean a full Scotland also, as
we leave the EU. So following this evening's vote,
the Scottish Government will write to the UK Government to formally
request the power to hold an independence referendum
between Autumn next year But the Prime Minister, Theresa May,
has already made pretty clear So what now for the to
sides in this debate? Our political correspondent,
Glenn Campbell reports. Near Falkirk, voters have
conflicting advice for the Prime Minister on how to deal
with a formal request from the First Minister for the power to hold
another independence vote. I think we have to wait
and see what happens It just seems ludicrous to jump
into a decision before we know I don't think she can
say no, because, knowing the Scottish psyche,
if she says no, people up here are just going to be up in arms
and say, OK, what right has she got
to tell us what to do? But it doesn't look like Theresa May
will feel obliged to bow If the Prime Minister
will not budge, the Scottish Government could call
a referendum anyway. But that would be open
to legal challenge, and the chairman of the yes campaign in 2014
thinks it could go wrong. The problem there is,
I think, that a lot of the unionist people,
a lot of the people that voted no last time, will say stuff this
referendum, we are not going to take
part, and if there is a massive boycott,
the result would be lacking
in credibility. What about having an early Holyrood
election and making is the I am not going to propose
that at this stage. But it is maybe
a possibility that the The 2014 referendum
took place after the UK and Scottish governments
agreed the terms. SNP ministers want
to replicate that. But this former Conservative
adviser thinks Theresa We think that people do not want
a referendum right now, If they can take this to the general
election in 2020, and the Scottish election in 2021,
they think they could What they have to watch
is the narrative of a London, Tory Government saying no to something
the Scottish Parliament It could have severe
long-term consequences. Might it be in the Prime
Minister's entrusts She may not need to get
Nicola Sturgeon onside, but it would help her to not have this constant
issue in the background as she is trying to conduct
those negotiations. One way to avoid that being a major
distraction is to have some sort of agreement
for a referendum at some point in future, after
the negotiations are complete. But, right now, the two
sides seem as far Today's vote at Holyrood
was held back from last week following the terrorist attack
on Westminster, which included the murder of police
constable Keith Palmer. Today, Police Scotland deployed
officers armed with tasers Senior officers say it's NOT
in response to any specific threat. Our Home Affairs Correspondent,
Reevel Alderson reports. Firearms officers are to be on duty
24 hours a day at Holyrood but Armed response officers
with are already on routine patrol around the area and on other
iconic locations throughout Scotland to follow a review of security in
the wake of the Westminster attack. I'm not suggesting
for a minute that we jump straight into
arming the police. But rank and file police,
meeting in annual conference, heard They asked a series
of questions of the Government. ready access to specialist firearms
officers and firearms? What impact is the
financial cuts having on these specialist officers
and their equipment? And when the Government said
they expected more for less, What more can an officer
give than his life? The conference heard
unarmed police were Members called for the equipment
they need to protect themselves and the public even if it
meant being armed. We know that society in Scotland
is maybe not ready for that particular step, but there has to be
an education programme taking place, there has to be an understanding
that police officers put their lives at risk every day and if we ask
the police to protect the politic we have to ask the question -
how do we protect the police? Police Scotland now has 600
officers, trained to The number of armed
response vehicles available almost trebled
in the past six months. Senior officers said the security
threat was under constant review, based on intelligence
here and the wider UK. What you see in Holyrood today
is a were you dented measure, operational contingency not
in relation to any threat. I can reassure people
that we constantly practice our test
and response in times of crisis or extreme need
and what you have seen over
the last few days, is those plans kicking
into place, at speed and without any
hesitation, right across Scotland. Armed officers in
Aberdeen this afternoon. It wasn't a firearms incident,
but this may become a more The targeted waiting times
for cancer treatments in Scotland have been missed for the fourth year
in a row. The Government target is 95%
of patients starting Figures published today show that
only 87 per cent of patients Only five out of 14 health
boards met the target. Average speed cameras
are to be installed The Scottish Government says
there have been 60 fatal and serious collisions on the route in the last
five years, and action is needed. The new system will start
operating this Autumn, replacing the existing
fixed and mobile cameras. More than 400,000 people
in Scotland are now saving into a workplace
pension through auto-enrolment. The scheme was introduced five years
ago by the UK Government, to encourage more people
to save towards their retirement. But some businesses have warned
of the rising cost they'll have Well, It's over to Christopher now
for tonight and tomorrow's weather. Was cloudy for many of us today and
still cloudy now. The rain is fizzling and fading away, so most of
us will get dryness tonight, but cloudiness. Reasonably mild, too.
The wet weather is fading away and leaving most of us dry and it is a
dry store tomorrow, too. But cloudy quite misty and misty and murky and
places, particularly across the south-west through Dumfries and
Galloway and parts of South Ayrshire and Lanarkshire. It is a dry, and
loudest, temperatures 7-9 C: mild, that is cool in the north-east and
perhaps the final. Generally though, cloudy, grey and dry. It doesn't
stay like that though, because through the course of the morning,
in the South west of the rain starts to arrive and move northwards
through the course of the day. Bands of rain pushing central belt by
lunchtime. Through -- across the UK as a whole it is connected to an
area of low pressure and rain is coming up to the north of England
through Wales on the south-west. The Midlands and down to the Saudis,
dry, cloudy, temperatures in the mid teens and it will be cold tomorrow,
but it will do well. -- but it will teens and it will be cold tomorrow,
be wet. Into Wednesday night, the wet weather holds on and slowly
eases off to leave things reasonably dry for a time. Was that rain
clears, there is more on its way from the south. Thursday, cloudy and
damp to start, but it should clear away. At some point during the
afternoon, drying out with sunshine coming through at times and in the
sunshine, pleasantly warm temperatures 15-16 C.
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