Scotland requests independence vote

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A Scottish Saltire (C) flies between a Union flag (R) and a European Union (EU) flag, in front of the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh, on March 3, 2017. Scotland's announcement on Monday that it will begin preparations for a new independence bid raised the spectre of one of Brexit's most feared consequences -- the end of the United Kingdom. / AFP PHOTO / Lesley Martin (Photo credit should read LESLEY MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

First the United Kingdom voted to split from the European Union, and now Scotland wants to vote on splitting from the United Kingdom.

The U.K. is made up of Great Britain Northern Ireland.  Great Britain is made up of England, Scotland, and Wales.  While the U.K. as a whole voted to leave the E.U., a majority of the voters in Scotland opted to stay.  Scotland has its own parliament, which has asked for a chance to vote on independence from Great Britain.  U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has said in the past that this is not the time for Scottish independence, and the British government is expected to deny Scotland’s request for a referendum.