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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon sits in the main chamber of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland Tuesday Jan. 17, 2017 ahead of the vote on the Scottish Government's plans to keep Scotland in the European single market even if the rest of the Britain leaves. (Jane Barlow/PA via AP)

Scotland's leader will ask for a second vote to leave the United Kingdom


UPDATE 9:12 a.m .EST:

British Prime Minister Theresa May remained silent on whether or not she would grant permission for Scotland to vote on its independence. 

A spokesman said evidenced "clearly showed a majority of people in Scotland do not want a second independence referendum." He was likely referring to the fact that Scotland's last independence vote failed. However, that vote took place before the Brexit vote.

A BBC analyst argued that while May could refuse an independence vote, it would be politically dangerous to do so.

It is also not clear when this referendum, if it happens, would take place. Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon argued it should happen before the U.K.'s official Brexit vote, but the U.K. may argue the referendum should be postponed so the Brexit vote does not distract the government.

ORIGINAL STORY: Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, announced Monday she would ask for permission to vote on Scottish independence from the United Kingdom again. 

Sturgeon said she would ask for a vote to be held next week, the BBC reports

Sturgeon said the Scottish people deserved a choice between a "hard Brexit" and becoming an independent country. During the Brexit vote, Scotland voted 62 percent to 38 percent to remain in the European Union, while the United Kingdom voted to leave overall. 

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