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Scottish independence

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By Andrew Hammond

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon confirmed Tuesday that she will ask the U.K. government to approve another independence referendum before the end of this year.

With Brexit the immediate trigger for the decision, it is increasingly possible that the 2020s could yet ― tragically ― witness the unraveling of one of the world's longest and most successful political unions.

What Sturgeon's plans underline is that political worries about Brexit, even if Boris Johnson can get a deal ratified before the end of this month, go well beyond Westminster to the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish legislatures.

Despite the Supreme Court ruling that the U.K. government did not have to consult the devolved administrations before triggering Article 50 in 2017, this has not stopped politicians in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast being thorns in the side of the U.K. government.

The Scottish and Welsh First Ministers, Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford, who from their different political standpoints of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and Labour, respectively, have both said they cannot support Brexit without membership or full access to the single market, which appears highly unlikely to be realized. Sturgeon argued on Tuesday........

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