May: 'Now is not the time' for Scottish independence vote

Mar 18, 2017, 00:57
May: 'Now is not the time' for Scottish independence vote

She will stress the importance of the "precious" union a day after rejecting Nicola Sturgeon's demand for a referendum on Scottish independence before Brexit is finalised.

Angus Robertson, SNP depute leader, said: "It is clear from the prime minister's panicked response to the Scottish Government's decision to rightly, give people in Scotland a choice over Scotland's future, that the Tories are simply scared of the people's choice".

Ms Sturgeon has called for a referendum to be held in the autumn of 2018 or the spring of the following year, to coincide with the conclusion of the UK's Brexit negotiations with the EU.

"We should be working together to get that right deal for Scotland, that right deal for the UK".

"We want to resolve the issue of European Union nationals in Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom and I hope we will soon, now negotiations are formally beginning, we will be able to confirm all European Union nationals in Scotland will be able to stay in Scotland".

But she refused repeated questions about when the right time for a new referendum might be, leaving the door open for a vote further in the future.

"It is not something to which any responsible government could reasonably agree". Sturgeon will ask the Scottish parliament next week to start the process of seeking a new referendum.

"It is for the Scottish parliament - not Downing Street - to determine the timing of a referendum, and the decision of the Scottish parliament must be respected", she said.

"We will also show the trust we place in the people of Scotland", he is expected to say.

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I obviously welcome these commitments from the government, but it is clear that nationalists, of whatever stripe, both in Scotland and Northern Ireland, are interested in only one thing: their ideological obsession with 'independence'.

Still, Sturgeon's Scottish National Party does not hold an outright majority in the Scottish legislature.

The UK government's Scotland secretary was asked directly on Thursday whether the decision to delay another referendum on Scottish independence was made in an attempt to influence the ability of European Union nationals to be able to vote.

Brexit Secretary David Davis said Mrs May would formally invoke Article 50 by the end of March, allowing the United Kingdom to start talks on creating a "positive new partnership" with the EU.

Despite her refusal to openly rule it out, Sturgeon's aides insisted afterwards she had no plans to stage a so-called indicative, unofficial referendum.

May is now free to invoke Article 50 of the EU's key treaty, triggering two years of exit negotiations.

The SNP would refuse to nominate a successor and hope the Scottish Green party, which holds the balance of power at Holyrood, would refuse to support a ruling coalition involving Labour, the Tories or the Lib Dems able to take over.

But EU negotiators warn it could take two years just to settle the divorce terms, and agreeing on a new relationship for the United Kingdom and the EU could take years longer.