Nicola Sturgeon warns UK Government against "undemocratic" block on #ScotRef vote

Mar 17, 2017, 01:20
Nicola Sturgeon warns UK Government against

Pressed after May's statement about the first minister's hint earlier this week she could agree to the referendum shortly after Brexit, her spokesman said Sturgeon believed she had the right to stage it until the next Scottish elections in May 2021.

On Monday, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon demanded another independence referendum, to be held in late 2018 or early 2019.

The government has achieved its ambition of passing a "straightforward" two-line bill that is confined to the question of whether ministers can trigger Article 50 and start the formal Brexit process.

Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond warned the prime minister that her "finger-wagging" would backfire spectacularly and propel more voters towards independence.

She said it would be a "democratic outrage" for the British government to stop the people of Scotland "having a choice over their future".

MSPs will vote next week on whether they will support her request for a section 30 order from Westminster, which would be needed for Holyrood to hold a legally binding ballot. "That's my job as prime minister and so for that reason I say to the SNP (Scottish National Party) now is not the time".

While May fell short of saying her government would block a second independence referendum, her Scotland incharge, David Mundell, was more forthright.

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"To look at this issue at this time would be unfair because people wouldn't have the necessary information to make such a crucial decision", she added.

In an interview on ITV News, May said discussion of a Scottish referendum would be a distraction from Britain's upcoming negotiations with the EU.

"We have been one country over 300 years; we have fought together, we have worked together, we have achieved together and constitutional game-playing must not be allowed to break the deep bonds of our shared history and our future together", she added.

The revelation is a further blow to Ms Sturgeon's plans for a second independence referendum, which are based on protecting Scotland's place in Europe.

"Despite the fact that the pound is hugely undervalued by historical standards, the uncertainty surrounding the future of the United Kingdom means we find little to be bullish about for the pound as we face confrontational negotiations", Joshua Mahony, market analyst at IG, said on Tuesday afternoon.

Davidson said voting on independence without knowing how Britain was faring outside the European Union would mean that "on the most important decision we can make, we would be voting blind".

"That established that a referendum must be legal, fair and decisive. We still hope they will step back from that vote".