#IndyRef2: Second Scottish independence vote reignites online debate
Sturgeon made the announcement on Monday at a press conference to discuss Brexit and Article 50 in Edinburgh, and said she will ask the Scottish parliament to vote for a second independence referendum next week. The referendum would take place when the options are clearer, likely by autumn 2018 or spring 2019.
Brexit has changed circumstances in Scotland, Sturgeon said, and it’s not up to one politician to decide whether Scotland should follow the UK into Brexit. Sturgeon also said she had intended to compromise with the UK over Brexit, but that the government had failed to meet Scotland halfway.
The announcement received mixed reactions online, with many expressing support for #IndyRef2. Others were quick to mock the idea of a second referendum, though, while some said Scotland had already had its chance in the first independence vote.
2014 Scottish #IndyRef was billed as a once in a generation event. The result was decisive and there is no appetite for another referendum.— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) March 13, 2017
Labour believes it would be wrong to hold another so soon and Scottish Labour will oppose it in the Scottish parliament.— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) March 13, 2017
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said Sturgeon had “chosen a path of further division” with her announcement, and said she would vote against a second vote.
Nicola Sturgeon has today chosen the path of further division and uncertainty. We will vote against any request for a Section 30 next week.— Ruth Davidson (@RuthDavidsonMSP) March 13, 2017
Many defended the idea of a second referendum, agreeing that circumstances had changed since the Brexit vote.
A Twitter poll that has received more than 7,000 votes in the short time since Sturgeon's announcement shows a majority would vote yes for Scottish independence.
So #indyref2 could be held between autumn 2018 & spring 2019. How would you vote just now?— Sean Batty (@SeanBattySTV) March 13, 2017
Some social media users said they would vote in favor of independence after voting ‘no’ the last time.
I voted no in the last referendum, this time I'd vote yes #indyref2— Fraser (@Catch_Frase) March 13, 2017