The risks to Britain of its vote to leave the EU were laid bare when Scotland’s Nationalist government announced a new independence vote, pre-empting this week’s expected start of the Brexit Process.

Prime Minister Theresa May could announce that she is triggering the article 50 process of withdrawing from the European Union, putting Britain on course to leave by March 2019 after four decades of membership.

Scottish first Minister Nicola Sturgeon has long warned that largely Pro-European Scotland would not accept a damaging break with the EU and on Monday she made good on her threat.