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Scottish leader threatens to block legislation on Brexit

Sturgeon vows to remain in EU; Labour Party in U.K. faces revolt

Scotland will do whatever it takes to remain in the European Union, including potentially blocking legislation on a British exit from the bloc, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Sunday.

Scotland, a nation of five million people, voted to stay in the EU by 62 to 38 per cent in Thursday’s referendum, putting it at odds with the United Kingdom, which voted by 52 to 48 percent in favour of an exit from the bloc, or Brexit. “There are going to be deeply damaging and painful consequences of the process of trying to extricate the U.K. from the EU. I want to try and protect Scotland from that,” Ms. Sturgeon told BBC television.

She said the Brexit vote was a game changer that made it legitimate for Scotland to revisit the issue of independence.

“The context and the circumstances have changed dramatically. The U.K. that Scotland voted to remain within in 2014 doesn’t exist anymore,” she said.

Revolt in Opposition

Meanwhile, Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn faced a revolt on Sunday over his handling of Britain’s EU referendum as seven members of his top team resigned and others seemed set to follow. Mr. Corbyn’s allies said he had no intention of resigning.

“He’s a good and decent man but he is not a leader, and that’s the problem,” Labour MP Hilary Benn told BBC television after being sacked as foreign affairs spokesman late Saturday for challenging Mr. Corbyn’s leadership.

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