>> And it therefore a statement of the obvious that the option of second referendum must be on the table, and it is on the table.>> A stark message from north of the border. A second vote on independence is highly likely after the rest of the UK voted to pull it out of the EU against its will.
Reuters Senior Correspondent Liz O'Leary is in Edinburgh.>> Scotland's decision to stay in the EU while the rest of Britain is voted out, is a trigger for a new independence process because many Scot's opted to stick with the rest of Britain in a independence vote in 2014, because they believed that was the way to guarantee EU membership.
>> Scots voting emphatically to remain in the EU on Thursday with a margin of 62% to 38. That put it sharply at odds with the UK as a whole. Nicola Sturgeon had already hinted she'd back a second Independence Referendum. Now that just got much more likely.>> As things stand, Scotland faces the prospect of being taken out of the EU against our will.
I regard that as democratically unacceptable.>> The Scottish First Minister says she thinks it's inconceivable Westminster will stand in the way of a second vote. But, with or without its consent, Sturgeon is treading carefully. In 2014 the Nationalist Campaign founded on its economic policies.>> Many people would want reassurance in advance that if Scotland does go it alone, that it can guarantee EU membership.
And that's not likely to be a quick process or an easy process.>> Sturgeon stopping short of setting a date on Friday, she may wait to see where the polls really show a big shift towards support for independence If they do, the UK as we know it, may not be around for much longer.