Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that Scotland will seek approval for a second referendum on independence. She said it was up to Scotland to choose "whether to follow the UK to hard Brexit or to become an independent country."
Scotland overwhelmingly voted to remain in the EU in 2016. As the Scottish Trade Minister Ivan McKee explained in an interview with DW, the country is eager to promote itself in the face of ongoing UK political chaos.
Once Britain decided to leave the EU, it seemed obvious that a renewed push for independence was in the cards. However, even though Scottish voters rejected Brexit, they aren't quite ready to cut ties to the UK.
The government has "now reached the point where we need to ramp up these preparations" in case the UK crashes out of the EU. Without certainty, businesses in the UK are hurting, said the British Chambers of Commerce.
Scottish nationalists are pressing for a second independence referendum, which the British government has said it will block. As the Scottish National Party (SNP) starts its conference, thousands took to the streets.
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