Scottish leader supports calls for new Brexit referendum
LONDON (AP) — Scotland's leader said Sunday that her nationalist party will support a new referendum on Britain's divorce from the European Union if Parliament gets a vote on it. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the Scottish National Party "wouldn't stand in the way of a second referendum."
Sturgeon told the BBC the party's lawmakers in London "would undoubtedly vote for that proposition." Britain as a whole voted in 2016 to leave the EU but Scottish voters backed staying in the bloc With the U.K's Conservative government divided over future economic ties with the EU and Britain's departure looming on March 29, calls are growing for a new referendum on whether to accept a divorce deal or remain in the bloc.
Hundreds of pro-EU demonstrators and their dogs marched through London to Parliament on Sunday in a "wooferendum" protest demanding a new Brexit vote. Former Labour government adviser Alastair Campbell — accompanied by Skye, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy — said the march was "a very British sort of thing."
"People love their animals, and there are serious animal welfare concerns with Brexit," Campbell said. "But the reason I wanted to come is that I do think the people's vote has got to happen." "The Brexit that is now on offer is so far removed from anything that was promised," he said. "And far from it being undemocratic to have a second vote, I think it's undemocratic not to."