United Kingdom prime minister doesn't back second Scottish independence vote

Posted March 18, 2017

The First Minister said it was the Scottish Government's "intention" to hold a legal poll through a section 30 order that transfers referendum powers from Westminster to Holyrood, adding she wanted to hold "a referendum on the same basis we had as the one in 2014".

"The precious bond between four nations: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is more than just a constitutional artifact". This union that we have, I believe, is very precious. "Our plan for Britain will put strengthening and sustaining that union at its heart", said May.

She told delegates: "We've seen that tunnel vision on display again this week".

Sole Tory MP David Mundell, elected at the worst Tory performance in Scotland for over a hundred and thirty years, refused any talks on a referendum.

While further comment must await developments in the intervening fortnight ~ till the end of March ~ the government can not but be unnerved by Ms Sturgeon flagging the demand for a second vote of Scottish independence. after voters in Scotland had opposed Brexit on June 23 previous year.

We have found ourselves in this situation because of the Tories' failure to respond to Scotland's overwhelming vote to remain in the European Union, or the subsequent efforts of the Scottish Government to find a compromise. She said Britain stands on the threshold of one of the most significant moments the country has known for many years.

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Facing two years of what are likely to be hard talks for Britain as it leaves the European Union, Ms May wants to stamp her authority on a new agenda for the country but is struggling to fix deep divisions exposed by the Brexit vote. Or give in to the politics of fear and despair. May described Brexit as a moment of opportunity to shape a brighter future for Britain and "ask ourselves what kind of country we want to be".

We must have the option open to the people of Scotland to secure a new vote - that is what the First Minister is calling for. "We believe that together we are stronger by remaining in the United Kingdom". Imagine if the European Union had interfered in the UK Government's plans for the UK's EU referendum a year ago. It was a call to change the balance of Britain, to make the United Kingdom a country that works for everyone, not just the privileged few, added May. The Scottish Parliament is expected next week to back Sturgeon's call for a new vote.

Sturgeon said on Monday that she would ask the Scottish Parliament next week to seek London's approval for a second plebiscite on independence.

The Brexit negotiations would be "vital" for every citizen, business and community and required all parts of the United Kingdom working together, she said.

"Given that demands for the referendum have been brought about by Brexit, currency issues are likely to play an important role in any future debate on independence in the event a referendum is called".