>> Scotland gearing up for another independence vote. This time, it could be held in autumn 2018, just months before the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union. Reuters correspondent in Scotland, Liz O'Leary, says Scottish first minister Nicholas Sturgeon believes the timing would be common sense.>> The idea is that if you can choose by autumn of 2018, Britain has not yet exited the EU.
So you get a choice between Brexit or post-Brexit Britain, an independence in which you already know the kind of framework that Britain will have when it leaves the EU. So there's some idea of what Britain's trading relationships will be. And so you can choose between that and independence, that's the idea.
So you get to choose before Brexit has actually happened.>> There's been no decision yet on a specific date. During Jean's EU referendum, Scotland voted overwhelmingly to stay in the block. Sturgeon has repeatedly warned that the government's Brexit plans could force Scots to call another vote, on the grounds that circumstances have changed.
Constitutional conventions mean it would have to be approved by the government in London.>> It's quite hard to say what the mood is, currently. Despite the fact that a lot of people are actually very unhappy about Brexit, that doesn't mean to say people want another vote on independence, necessarily.
I would say that, largely speaking, for the people who voted yes last time, they're very much, bring it on, let's do it all again. People who voted no last time, most of them are vehemently opposed to another vote. But there is a kind of segment in the middle that is probably undecided.
And it's those people that Sturgeon is aiming to convince.>> In Scotland's last independence vote in 2014, there was a 10 point margin to stay. British Prime Minister Theresa May took aim at Scotland's ruling party last week. Accusing nationalists of sacrificing not only the United Kingdom, but also Scotland with their obsession with securing independence.