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

Nicola Sturgeon warns UK Government against

The Scottish Parliament is to vote on the staging of a second referendum next week, with the minority SNP Government's proposal likely to be passed with the support of the Greens.

SNP MP Angus MacNeil told talkRADIO the Prime Minister had twisted Ms Sturgeons' words, as Scotland's separatists don't want a referendum now - in fact the earliest they want to hold the ballot is October 2018, a full 18 months from now.

The UK Government will not enter into any negotiations for a second independence referendum at the moment, the Scottish secretary has said.

May says her government is committed to engaging with the whole of Britain over Brexit to negotiate a good deal for everyone, suggesting there should be no independence referendum until after a final deal is reach with the EU.

Speaking on Thursday, Mrs May said: Right now we should be working together, not pulling apart.

"That's my job as prime minister and so for that reason I say to the SNP: now is not the time".

She went on to say that she would "consider my options and what I should do" if a formal Scottish Parliament request to hold a referendum is turned down.

"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.

Sturgeon responded with a string of angry tweets, saying May's refusal was "undemocratic" and proof that "the Tories fear the verdict of the Scottish people".

Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader, and David Mundell, the United Kingdom government's Scottish secretary, were forced to deny that May had been persuaded to make her statement on the eve of the SNP conference to provoke its activists into taking a far more partisan stance.

"The Scottish Government has a cast-iron democratic mandate to offer people a choice and that mandate must be fulfilled".

"And we will maintain that it should not take place when there is no clear public or political consent for it to happen".

Mrs May had earlier said that her message to Ms Sturgeon on a referendum was clear - "now is not the time".

While RULING OUT a Scottish independence referendum? "It is essential that we get the right deal, and that all of our efforts and energies as a country are focused on that outcome".

The Scottish Parliament could agree to hold a referendum anyway but it would be advisory only and not legally binding.

Parliament gave its approval yesterday (13 March) for Prime Minister Theresa May to start Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, even as Scotland signalled its opposition by announcing plans for a fresh independence vote.


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