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Scotland’s leader said Sunday that Parliament could attempt to block the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union by refusing to give consent to the historic referendum.
Ever since 52 percent of voters in the United Kingdom as a whole opted on Thursday to exit the European Union, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been determined to stay. Only 38 percent of Scotland voters supported the referendum but since it is one of four countries within the U.K., it did not carry enough democratic weight to sway the decision.
On Sunday, Sturgeon said she will consider advising Scottish Parliament to refuse “legislative consent,” even though the role of Scotland’s Parliament in the referendum is unclear.
“I find it hard to believe that there wouldn’t be that requirement,” Sturgeon said, of Scotland’s legislative consent. “I suspect that the U.K. government will take a very different view on that and we’ll have to see where that discussion ends up.”
Sturgeon has also said it is “highly likely” that Scotland would organize a second referendum for its own independence.
Meanwhile, British opposition Labour Party is taking a major hit. Its leader Jeremy Corbyn had campaigned to remain in the EU, but some within the party argue the effort was not forceful enough.
Several of the party’s cabinet members were handing in their resignations on Sunday. Heidi Alexander, the party’s health secretary, wrote in her resignation letter that she does not believe Corbyn will hold the Conservative Party accountable at a time when the U.K. needs it the most.
“As much as I respect you as a man of principle, I do not believe you have the capacity to shape the answers our country is demanding and I believe that if we are to form the next government, a change of leadership is essential,” Alexander wrote, according to the Guardian.
A spokesman for Corbyn, however, has said he will not be resigning.
Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron with the Conservative Party resigned after the decision on Thursday.
Kamala Kelkar works on investigative projects at PBS NewsHour Weekend. She has been a journalist for a decade, reporting from Oakland, India, Alaska and now New York.
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