Scotland will fight to stay in the European Union and will therefore start preparing for a new vote on independence from Britain, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says.
"I want to make it absolutely clear today that I intend to take all possible steps and to secure our continuing place in the EU and in the single market," Sturgeon says, reacting to Britain's vote to leave the EU.
Scottish voters opted against leaving Britain in a 2014 referendum as many feared that such a step would take Scotland out of the EU, but the situation has now changed, Sturgeon says.
She makes clear that she cannot announce a new referendum yet, as this issue will be for Scotland's legislature to decide.
In any case, a referendum would have to be held within the two years that the British government now has to negotiate an exit from the EU, she says.