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3. Scots prepare for a fresh independence referendum

The head of the Scottish National Party said she will prepare a bill for a fresh referendum on Scotland's independence, following Britain's decision to leave from the European Union.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told reporters after a cabinet meeting on Saturday that the Scottish government is determined to act decisively. She said a second independence referendum is clearly an option.

In Thursday's referendum, Britain chose to leave from the EU, although 62 percent of Scots voted to remain.

Sturgeon added that the cabinet members agreed to prepare legal procedures for another vote for independence from the United Kingdom.

Scotland remained in the UK after rejecting independence 55 to 45 percent in a 2014 referendum.

Sturgeon said she will make sure her government protects Scotland's interests and improves the economy. She added there will be discussions with the EU and her government will explore all options to remain in the Union.

The EU referendum has left a deep rift in the British society, and reignited the independence movement in Scotland.