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Scotland at the crossroads

A second Scottish independence referendum is "highly likely", First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said, raising the prospect that the United Kingdom could tear itself apart after voting to leave the European Union.

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Scotland at the crossroads

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  1. Scotland at the crossroads

  2. A outline remembering Scottish saint Robert the Bruce is seen on the doors of a meeting point for the Flodden Border Relay in Kelso, southern Scotland September 5, 2013. Scotland, a country of five million individuals, voted definitively to stay in the EU by 62 to 38 percent in a submission on Thursday, putting it inconsistent with the United Kingdom all in all, which voted 52-48 for a way out from the EU, or Brexit.

  3. An ewe and its sheep lay on the Isle of Lewis and Harris, an island off the northwestern tip of Scotland in the Outer Hebrides, Britain April 27, 2016. "As things stand, Scotland confronts the possibility of being taken out of the EU without wanting to. I view that as fairly unsuitable," First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told a news meeting in Edinburgh. "I think an autonomy submission is presently exceptionally likely.

  4. A man wearing a kilt checks his telephone as he listens to music in the focal point of Edinburgh, Scotland September 11, 2014. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

  5. Edinburgh Castle rock is enlightened with a sign to "Vote Remain" in a show of backing for the battle to stay in Europe in front of the EU Referendum in Scotland, June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

  6. Workers start tallying votes in the wake of surveying stations shut in the Referendum on the European Union in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

  7. Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon postures for a photo with the recently chose Scottish National Party MPs in South Queensferry, Edinburgh, Scotland, May 9, 2015. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

  8. Laundry holds tight a garments line on the terrain of the Shetland Islands April 4, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

  9. Five-year-old Roan plays with the family feline as his dad Ronnie Eunson (concealed) gets ready breakfast in their croft close to the town of Scalloway on the Shetland Islands April 1, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

  10. A drifter leaves Peel Crag along Hadrian's Wall close Hexham in Northumberland August 23, 2013. Hadrian's Wall is a structure worked in Roman times, denoting the limit of the Roman region of Britannia and isolating it from domain toward the north, a lot of which lies in present-day Scotland. It turned into an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. REUTERS/Toby Melville

  11. Students assemble after school as they ride their bikes in the primary shopping locale in Kilmarnock, Scotland April 29, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

  12. Workers stroll close to a portion of the copper stills in the Roseisle refinery in Moray, northern Scotland, March 1, 2011. REUTERS/David Moir

  13. Locals and vacationers accumulate in The Whales Head people group bar on the Isle of Eigg, Inner Hebrides, Scotland May 25, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

  14. Gordon Merrett, 86, from Hemel Hempstead, signals to his six-month-old incredible terrific little girl Islay, as her mom Eildih Ardagh holds her on the island of Eigg, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, May 29, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

  15. Jacobite Highlander re-enactors sit in a transport stop as a lady cycles past in Prestonpans, East Lothian in Scotland September 21, 2010. REUTERS/David Moir

  16. Ryan Randall plays the bagpipes outside a surveying station in Edinburgh, Scotland September 18, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

  17. Ship's mascot Hector searches for jumpers coming back from the disaster area of a German WWI warship at Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands, Scotland, May 7, 2014. Amid both World Wars, Scapa Flow was an imperative British maritime base, and the site of huge loss of life.

  18. Youths sit outside a fish and chip shop in the town of Lerwick on the Shetland Islands April 3, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

  19. Richard Teall bolsters the guide on top of Ben y Brackie that was lit for the Diamond Jubilee festivities of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in Pitlochry, Scotland June 4, 2012. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

  20. Kenmore is reflected in Loch Tay Scotland, January 17, 2016. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

  21. Scottish nation artist Mairie McGillivray, 16, moves on the shoreline at Bridgend as she stances for a photo on the Hebridean island of Islay, March 11, 2014. A second Scottish freedom choice is "profoundly likely", First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Friday, raising the prospect that the United Kingdom could shred itself in the wake of voting to leave the European Union. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

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