Scotland's papers: Sturgeon 'ambushes' May

One story dominates Scotland's front pages - the news that Nicola Sturgeon is calling for a new vote on Scottish independence. The Herald says the first minister will give Scots a "real choice" between Brexit and leaving the UK in a second vote on independence.

Ms Sturgeon will ask the Scottish Parliament next week to give her the authority to agree a Section 30 order with the UK government, transferring the power to hold a referendum to Holyrood, writes The Scotsman.

The National reports that Nicola Sturgeon made the dramatic announcement just after 11:30 yesterday at her official residence, Bute House in Edinburgh, saying voters should be given the opportunity to avoid a "hard Tory Brexit",

Theresa May is preparing to reject Nicola Sturgeon's demand for a second referendum on Scottish independence within the next two years, according to The Times.

The i newspaper says the future of the United Kingdom has been thrown into doubt again after the first minister said she would seek formal permission to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence.

Under the headline "SNP's Day of Betrayal", the Scottish Daily Mail writes that Ms Sturgeon is accused of betraying the people of Scotland by launching a new bid to "tear the country out of the UK", just 907 days after the "resounding" 'No' vote.

The Daily Record says Ms Sturgeon finally confirmed she would send Scots back to the polls after "giving up hope" of a compromise with Theresa May on Brexit.

"Poker-faced" Nicola Sturgeon called Theresa May's bluff yesterday and pulled the trigger on a second independence referendum, is how the Scottish Sun reports the news.

Scotland faces its third constitutional vote in four years, says The Courier, after the first minister was accused of "playing politics with the future of our country" over the issue.

The Daily Star of Scotland calls the latest vote a "huge political gamble" for the first minister as she seeks to hold a second vote on independence within four years.

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