SNP playing games with Scots' lives in independence quest, says Theresa May

SNP playing games with Scots' lives in independence quest, says Theresa May

SNP playing games with Scots' lives in independence quest, says Theresa May

Speaking to BBC Scotland ahead of her speech at the Scottish Conservative conference on Friday, May dodged questions about whether or not she would allow such a vote but said she did not think the majority of Scots wanted it.

That's given Sturgeon the fodder she needs to demand another independence vote - and she's pledged to do so unless the prime minister softens her plan for leaving the European Union and its single market.

The Scottish government have stated that they would need to seek approval from Westminster before holding a second referendum.

He also insisted more powers will be transferred to Scotland after the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

"They want the SNP Government to get on with the day job and stop this tunnel vision of only focusing on independence".

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The study, conducted by the Centre for English Identity and Politics at Winchester University, also revealed more than two thirds would not want the prime minister to offer any new financial or policy powers to the Scottish Government in the event of a second referendum. May spoke warmly of the union - "we are four nations, but at heart one people" - but warned that she would fight against any decentralisation of power which meant "a looser and weaker union".

The first minister looks set to call a vote by the Scottish parliament — following next months SNP conference and triggering of article 50 — to strengthen her mandate to stage a second referendum.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has called on Scottish nationalists to "move away" from considering another referendum on independence from the United Kingdom, accusing them of having "tunnel vision".

'Politics is not a game and should never be treated as such.

"But this Government seems to think it can do what it wants to Scotland".

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"Politics is not a game and the management of devolved public services in Scotland is too important to be neglected", she said.

"While Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon are both obsessed with sowing division, Scottish Labour believes that our country is divided enough and that together we're stronger".

Mr MacNeil also accused Mrs May of forgetting the United Kingdom was a union, when he was quizzed on whether Scotland would be having a referendum every three years.

"And yet the SNP propose Scottish independence, which would wrench Scotland out of its biggest market", she said.

He said: "Theresa May is guilty of mind-boggling hypocrisy - it is her Government's constitutional obsession with a hard Brexit which is directly threatening Scottish jobs and livelihoods".

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The Scottish Conservative leader said the PM will not reveal her hand unless Sturgeon formally requests a Section 30 order - the same process that paved the way for the 2014 poll through the Edinburgh Agreement.

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