Holyrood backs second referendum over Brexit

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MSPs voted 66 to 28 in favour of a People’s Vote MSPs voted 66 to 28 in favour of a People’s VoteANDREW MILLIGAN/PA

The Scottish parliament has backed a second Brexit referendum in a landmark vote that will increase the pressure on Westminster to follow suit.

The Liberal Democrats threw a surprise amendment into a routine Brexit debate yesterday to force the SNP to translate their recent backing for a so-called People’s Vote into the will of parliament.

Nicola Sturgeon had been reluctant to back a second Brexit referendum in case it set a precedent to overturn any future independence vote. She relented last month and agreed to offer the SNP’s unequivocal backing for a vote on the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

Holyrood voted 66 to 28 in favour of a People’s Vote in a split that exposed internal party divisions on Brexit and…

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  • Politics
  • Brexit
  • Labour Party
  • Tim Farron
  • Liberal Democrats