Could Scotland defy Theresa May and hold its own unofficial independence vote?

Kristopher Drake
March 18, 2017

The PM was careful though, not to reject a referendum outright.

May went onto attack the SNP's pro-EU position as "muddle on muddle", pointing out that Sturgeon called for the second plebiscite between autumn 2018 and spring 2019 because the United Kingdom voted 52% to 48% for a Brexit, whilst 62% of Scottish voters backed staying in the EU.

"To be talking about an independence referendum will make it more hard for us to be able to get the right deal for Scotland, and the right deal for the United Kingdom". The country as a whole decided in a June 23 referendum to leave the European Union, but in that ballot Scots voted 62 to 38 per cent to remain.

She will kick off her party conference in Cardiff on Friday, by promising to fight for a stronger, United Kingdom.

"This was its position at the outset of the previous independence referendum debate, the argument being that holding a referendum would not relate to the reserved matter of the Union because it would merely be a non-binding test of public opinion".

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

With the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill finally receiving Royal Assent after going through both houses of Parliament, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, has finally been given the power, as expressed by the people of the United Kingdom in the referendum on June 23 previous year, to invoke Article 50 and start the process of the UK leaving the European Union.

Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to withdraw the threat of an "illegimate" second independence referendum amid speculation that the SNP is considering an unauthorised poll.

Sources close to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon have been keen to play down talk of a referendum without consent from the UK Government, required under constitutional law.

Scottish nationalists have called for a new referendum and accused the prime minister of ignoring their demands in her preparations for divorce talks with the EU.


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

"We are now the party of the new centre-ground of British politics".

The Scottish Greens, another pro-independence party, said May risked boosting support for independence if she wanted to veto a decision expected to be made by Scotland's devolved parliament next week.

The stance taken by the Brexit Secretary, David Davis, is the correct one and, as the Prime Minister has said, no deal is better than a bad deal.

Under the terms of the European Union treaty, Britain will no longer be a member of the bloc two years after May issues the notification.

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