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Scottish warning for David Cameron over referendum on EU membership

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By Seamus Kearney
Scottish warning for David Cameron over referendum on EU membership

Scotland’s nationalist leader is warning that David Cameron’s renegotiation of Britain’s EU membership may not be enough to sway undecided voters on whether to stay in the bloc.

The Scottish first minister has also repeated her claim that a so-called Brexit could trigger calls for a second referendum on Scottish independence.

Nicola Sturgeon told a London audience: “Let me absolutely clear, I want the vote on the 23rd of June to result in an overwhelming victory across all parts of the UK for remaining in the EU.

She also said: “If less than two years later (after the independence referendum) Scotland was to find itself taken out of the European Union against our will, because we had chosen to stay in the United Kingdom, it’s not hard to see why that might lead to a growing clamour for a further referendum.”

The British Prime Minister is attempting to convince people to vote to stay in the EU in a referendum he has called, maintaining that key concerns in the UK have been addressed in his deal with other EU leaders.

Sturgeon, however, says renegotiation is “too grand a word” to describe it.

Scotland, which rejected independence in a vote in 2014, is the place in the UK where EU membership is most popular.