First Minister Nicola Sturgeon after speaking at the SNP Spring Conference at the AECC in Aberdeen.

The Scottish parliament has backed Nicola Sturgeon’s call for a second independence referendum, in a landmark vote that could eventually see Scotland leave the UK.
The vote, which was postponed until Tuesday following the attack on Westminster last week, was passed by MSPs in Holyrood by 69 to 59 – providing the Scottish First Minister with the mandate to seek a second referendum between autumn 2018 and spring 2019.
Ms Sturgeon’s minority government was able to win the vote after the Scottish Green Party backed the move, which was described as “deeply regrettable” by the Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson.
But Theresa May has already ruled out holding a second referendum on Scotland’s future while the Brexit negotiations are underway adding, “now is not the time” for another vote.
Responding to the vote in Holyrood, a UK Government spokesperson said Ms May would not be entering into negotiations on the Scottish government’s proposal. “At …