May stands firm against second Scottish referendum

Nicola Sturgeon will make her own piece of constitutional history in advance of that as a vote on a new independence referendum - rearranged in the wake of the killings in London - will take place tomorrow.

The prime minister stressed her belief that another vote on Scotland's future should not even be discussed at the moment, let alone actually held.

Before meeting Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, who has accused May of intransigence over her Brexit talks, the British leader told staff working on worldwide aid that together, the United Kingdom was "an unstoppable force".

"What she did do though and did very clearly, and I pressed her very hard on this, was to confirm she wanted the terms of Brexit, including the terms of the UK's future relationship with the European Union to be clear in around 18 months to two years time".

Nope. She said: "My position is very simple and it hasn't changed".

"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".

Ms Sturgeon's minority SNP government is asking the Scottish Parliament to back its plans to ask Westminster for a section 30 order, which is needed to make a referendum legally binding.

However, party leaders seemed mostly keen to talk about promises delivered by their rivals - and the attendant mandates.

The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, has committed to working tirelessly in the pursuit of the best deal for the people of Wales.

Nicola Sturgeon MSP (Member of the Scottish Parliament) is First Minister, in my view, of a tin pot parliament of a small nation of about five million folks. She recalled further that the Nationalists had ruled out a rerun in the absence of discernible public demand.

The Prime Minister and First Minister will meet today, with the Scottish Parliament expected to vote for a second referendum tomorrow and the UK Government expected to trigger Article 50 and begin negotiations over leaving the European Union on Wednesday.

"If the United Kingdom remained in the customs union after Brexit, it would not be able to meet the Government's ambition of conducting an independent trade policy and achieving a truly 'global Britain".

She added: "They don't want another referendum any time soon, just three years after the last one".

"It was about a well-rehearsed game to put forward unworkable proposals, wait for Westminster politicians to point that out, then rush to any nearby microphone - angry face attached - to trot out the same old exhausted complaints".

The Prime Minister and Scotland's First Minster came face to face at a hotel in Glasgow for around an hour on Monday. Now is the time when we should be pulling together, not hanging apart. "We'd be failing in our duty as democratically elected parliamentarians if we did that".

  • Leroy Wright