Referendum on Scotland leaving the UK looming

Some Scots are furious the UK is leaving the EU while in Scotland a large majority had voted to remain.

FILE: A pro-independence supporter holds a "Yes" flag. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - The groundwork is being prepared for another referendum on whether Scotland should leave the UK and become independent.

Some Scots are furious the UK is leaving the European Union while in Scotland a large majority had voted to remain.

The First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has announced a consultation will begin next week on plans for a second Scottish independence referendum. The leader of the Scottish National Party says an Independence Referendum Bill would be published next week. It would be the first step to holding a second vote.

Scots rejected independence just two years ago, but with over 60 percent backing the UK remain in the EU, some think a second vote is vital.

The announcement doesn't mean a vote will definitely happen, but it makes it distinctly possible.