Scottish leader prepares for pre-Brexit independence vote

October 14, 2016 11:28 AM

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GLASGOW, Scotland — Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon is to unveil a blueprint for a second independence referendum within days after warning the United Kingdom's Prime Minister Theresa May she is not bluffing about a pre-Brexit vote to break up the U.K.

Sturgeon announced a draft referendum bill would be published next week and indicated she was ready to hold the vote before the U.K. formally withdraws from the European Union in early 2019 unless central government delivers sweeping new powers for Scotland.

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