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Queen opens Scottish Parliament

Saturday, July 02, 2016 - 01:24

Britain's Queen Elizabeth opens the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament, in the wake of a vote to take the UK out of the the European Union, a referendum Scotland did not support. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Britain's Queen Elizabeth opened the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament on Saturday (July 2). The Parliament was set up in 1999, when power was devolved from London to Edinburgh. However, the day of pomp and pageantry came amid growing tension, after the United Kingdom voted in a referendum on June 23 to leave the European Union. Scotland voted decisively to stay in the bloc and First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has called the prospect of Scotland being taken out of the EU "democratically unacceptable". She has said she would take all necessary steps to prevent it, including revisiting the issue of independence from the United Kingdom. Addressing the Scottish Parliament on Saturday, the Queen emphasized the need for people to "stay calm and collected" during a period of rapid change. Last February, the British government and the devolved government of Scotland reached agreement on how much spending power would be put in Scottish hands, fulfilling a promise made on the eve of Scotland's 2014 independence referendum. Voters in Scotland ultimately rejected independence by 55 percent to 45 percent but the vote paved the way for new tax and spending powers to be handed to Scotland. The Queen said these new powers would be implemented during the coming session of parliament. Nicola Sturgeon has said the results of the EU referendum showed a split between Scotland and the rest of the UK and that a second independence referendum was now "highly likely".

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Queen opens Scottish Parliament

Saturday, July 02, 2016 - 01:24