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Scottish Parliament Backs Bid For New Independence Vote

Lawmakers gave First Minister Nicola Sturgeon the power to pursue a referendum on independence — Scotland's second in several years. The move sets up a showdown with the U.K. government.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Deputy First Minister John Swinney arrive at Scottish Parliament on Tuesday. They attended the second day of debate on a motion that ultimately granted Sturgeon the authority to pursue an independence referendum. Source: Andy Buchanan

One day before the U.K. is widely expected to formally begin its departure from the European Union, Scottish lawmakers took another crucial step toward voting on a departure of their own.

By a 69-59 vote Tuesday, members of Scottish Parliament backed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's pursuit

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