A second Scottish Independence Referendum is on the way, according to Nicola Sturgeon.

The First Minister said that she will present legislation to the Scottish Parliament next week to hold a vote in between Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019.

This announcement comes in response to the possibility that Article 50, the mechanism for a country to leave the EU, will be triggered this week and lead the UK down a 'hard' Brexit of quitting the Single Market as well.

An overwhelming majority of Scots that voted in last year's referendum chose to remain in the EU, a figure of 61%.

Unequal relationship

Sturgeon blamed this outcome on the UK Government for failing to meet the Scottish Government halfway on a special status for scotland in the EU.

She added: 'The British Government are moving further away from compromise.'

'It tells its own story about how far from an equal relationship this is between all the different countries in the United Kingdom.'

But Prime Minister Theresa May said that allowing Scotland to remain in the EU's Single Market is not a binary choice.

The First Minister said that the time has come for Scotland to have a more genuine choice over its future.

Asked whether or not she believes that the Scottish National Party could win a second referendum, she said: 'Yes.'

She added: 'Why should Scotland be taken down a different path to the one it voted for that throws this country's future into jeopardy?'

'We should have that choice and that choice should be an informed one made by the Scottish people.'

Implications and opportunities

The Scottish nationalist acknowledged there are many implications and opportunities if Scotland chooses to become an independent country.

She said the post-Brexit landscape is 'significantly challenging' and no one can 'magic away' those challenges.

She added: 'We will see out the legislative process next week and this should be a choice of the Scottish Parliament, not necessarily the Scottish Government.'

Sturgeon said she is confident Scotland would be able to have a Common Travel Area with the rest of the UK, like the Republic of Ireland does.

She said she wants to avoid a repeat of 'Project Fear' that took place in the 2014 Scottish Referendum.

Asked whether she would consider resigning like her predecessor, Alex Salmond, did after the last vote, she refused to rule that out and said: 'I will do what is right for my country when the time comes.'

A special deal

She said that she is continuing to discuss with other EU countries about a special deal for Scotland.

She added the EU would 'accept and respect' the decision of the Scottish people.

The Scottish nationalist said that her party was elected on a manifesto to legislate a second referendum if Scotland is taken out of the EU against its will.

She said she will discuss with the UK Government how to hold another vote under Section 30 of the Scotland Act.

But she refused to rule out whether an independent Scotland would have the euro or continue to use the pound.

Jeremy Corbyn said over the weekend he is fine with a second referendum.

But responding to her press conference, he said Labour will oppose it at Westminster unless the Scottish Parliament votes for one.

However, the Prime Minister said a majority of Scots do not want a second referendum.

55% of Scots voted to remain in the UK in the 2014 vote.