Scotland will push for a second independence referendum if Tory Prime Minister Theresa May follows through with plans to take the UK out of the single market in a ‘hard Brexit,’ Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon has signaled.

 

Scotland's first Minister Nicola Sturgeon

 

Speaking at the SNP’s three-day annual conference, Sturgeon argued the Tories have no democratic mandate for a ‘hard Brexit,’ which would see a severe crackdown on EU immigration and a departure from the single market.

 

On Friday, delegates are expected to support a resolution calling for a second referendum on Scottish independence to be held before 2019 if no viable solution can be found allowing Scotland to retain EU membership while still part of the UK.

 

In her opening remarks at the conference, Sturgeon confirmed that the Referendum Bill would be published for consultation next week.