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Sturgeon cites ‘mandate’ for Scottish referendum

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Sturgeon cites ‘mandate’ for Scottish referendum

The SNP leader said the election was a ‘watershed moment.’

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12/14/19, 6:02 PM CET

Thursday’s election gave Nicola Sturgeon a “mandate” for another independence referendum, the Scottish National Party leader said Saturday.

Recounting a conversation she had with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to Sky News, Sturgeon said, “I was very firm with him that I have a mandate to offer people a choice.”

She added, “He reiterated his opposition to that.”

While Conservatives scored a resounding victory in Thursday’s election, the SNP became the dominant party on its home turf after running an anti-Brexit campaign.

Sturgeon called the election a “watershed moment for Scotland.”

She added, “Scotland very clearly wants a different future to the one that’s been chosen by much of the rest of the U.K., and Scotland wants to have the right to choose its own future.”

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