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BERLIN (AP) — Foreign ministers of the European Union's founding members on Saturday urged quick negotiations about Britain's departure from the bloc, saying the other 27 countries in the union need to move ahead and think about the future.
Scotland's devolved government is right to start preparing legislation for a new independence referendum after Britain's vote to leave the European Union, but a new vote should be decided by "clear public appetite" for one, a spokesman for the Scottish Greens said on Saturday. The Green party is the kingmaker for the pro-independence Scottish National Party, which is two seats shy of a majority at Scotland's devolved parliament. "It is too soon to say whether and when a further referendum on Scottish independence will take place, but in the wake of the EU referendum result few people will doubt that it must be on the table," a spokesman for the party told Reuters.
More than a million Britons pleaded for a second referendum Saturday as Britain's seismic vote to abandon the EU split the country after pounding world markets, toppling the prime minister and raising the threat of the island nation's break-up. In a sign of the fissures exposed by the June 23 vote, 1.2 million people signed a petition on the official government website by late morning calling for a repeat vote -- more than 12 times the 100,000 signatures required for a proposal to be discussed in the lower house of parliament. "I was expecting a 'Remain' vote.