May’s remarks came after Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s recent announcement that she will seek a second referendum by asking the Scottish Parliament to vote on the matter as early as next week.
Scottish Secretary David Mundell said the United Kingdom government would not entertain negotiations with Sturgeon over the possibility of second referendum.
On the day Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a new referendum on independence, EURACTIV.com quizzed the SNP’s Brexit minister in Brussels on whether Scotland could actually rejoin the European Union and why pro-independence polls hadn’t budged since the Brexit vote in June.
He will say: “It is clear from the PM’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”.
Corbyn said last week that while he opposed a second referendum it would be “absolutely fine” to hold one if the Scottish parliament vote to do so.
“It then begged many questions of the nature of the independence offer and the processes and the politics that follow from that”.
Scotland must have a choice over its future.
The Government is not obliged to call a vote in the House of Commons but a failure to do so will prompt renewed claims of a constitutional crisis.
“That vote [on independence] will have to take place before the end of March 2019”, Salmond also said, as quoted by the newspaper.
The appeal of Europe is precisely why many believe a second referendum could succeed: 62 percent of Scots voted against Brexit. While RULING OUT a Scottish independence referendum?
Sturgeon accused May of “blocking Scotland’s right to choose”. “That’s the difference between Scotland’s two Unions”, McCaig said.
He said the situation had got worse since the referendum vote with First Minister Carwyn Jones and Plaid leader Leanne Wood being in “complete denial” over Brexit.
The EU has said that an independent Scotland would not automatically become an EU member state, and that it would have to re-apply normally for membership. Her uncompromising stance may well lead to “Scotland’s departure from the UK”.
An pro-independence fundraising campaign spear-headed by the SNP has raised more than £320,000.
The mechanisms for triggering another referendum will begin at the Scottish Parliament next week when Scotland’s five parties will be asked to endorse the wishes of the nationalist first minister.
Leaving Aberdeen’s 25,000 European Union nationals in limbo through the negotiations was shameful, added Ms Sturgeon. 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.