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Edinburgh — The Scottish parliament was expected to vote for a second independence referendum on Wednesday — amid dire warnings about the damage that ongoing constitutional wrangling was having on Scotland’s economy. Lawmakers were set to back First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s call for a second referendum when they vote following a two-day debate in the semi-autonomous assembly in Edinburgh. British Prime Minister Theresa May has intimated she will rebuff Sturgeon’s demand for a referendum re-match before Britain leaves the EU. May insists "now is not the time" while she spends the next two years striving to secure a good deal on Brexit, once the EU Lisbon Treaty’s Article 50 departure process is triggered on March 29. However, Sturgeon said on Tuesday it would "wrong, unfair and utterly unsustainable" for May to stand in the Scottish parliament’s way. On Wednesday, Strathclyde University’s Fraser of Allander Institute warned both sides that their ongoing squabbles were hammering Sco...

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