Nicola Sturgeon: Scots see their future in the EU
Nicola Sturgeon has issued a fresh warning that Scotland will vote for independence following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
Although voters in England and Wales chose to quit, Scotland voted by 62% to 38% to stay in.
SNP leader Ms Sturgeon said: "Scotland has delivered a strong, unequivocal vote to remain in the EU, and I welcome that endorsement of our European status.
“And while the overall result remains to be declared, the vote here makes clear that the people of Scotland see their future as part of the European Union.
“Scotland has contributed significantly to the Remain vote across the UK. That reflects the positive campaign the SNP fought, which highlighted the gains and benefits of our EU membership, and people across Scotland have responded to that positive message.
“We await the final UK-wide result, but Scotland has spoken - and spoken decisively."
The SNP manifesto for the last Holyrood election suggested that a vote to leave the EU could act as a trigger for them to call a second independence referendum.
Speaking before the Leave vote was confirmed, Ms Sturgeon's predecessor as SNP leader, Alex Salmond, told the BBC: "If there was a Leave vote in England dragging us out of the EU, I'm quite certain Nicola Sturgeon would implement the SNP manifesto in which she received 47% of the vote last month."
The SNP’s Westminster leader, Angus Robertson, said the result could trigger a “constitutional crisis” that could lead to a second independence referendum.