Friday, 24 March, 2017

May accuses Sturgeon of 'twisting the truth' in Scottish independence bid

Scottish leader says Britain's hard Brexit stance raises chance of new independence vote How Theresa May's Scottish 'power grab' could fuel demand for a second independence referendum
Lance Thomas | 05 March, 2017, 00:26

This prompted Sturgeon to say a second referendum for Scottish independence could not be ruled out.

But speaking to the BBC, May prime minister refused state whether or not she would grant permission for a second referendum on independence.

The prime minister told the Scottish Conservative party she would fight against any further decentralisation of power which meant the United Kingdom became "a looser and weaker union".

Theresa May "opened fire" on Nicola Sturgeon as she "goaded" the first minister over Brexit and independence, is how the Scottish Sun reports the story.

The prime minister's stance will be read by Sturgeon and the Scottish National party as an open challenge to call the threatened referendum on independence, suggesting the Tories are confident they can defeat the SNP.

"An SNP government interested only in stoking-up endless constitutional grievance and furthering their obsession with independence, at the expense of Scottish public services like the NHS and education, was given a free pass by Labour", the PM added.

Attacking the SNP on public services, she will say Scotland's schools are "outperformed in every category" by those in England, Northern Ireland, Estonia and Poland.

Heavy rain delays start of England's first ODI against West Indies
Yet despite only needing 96 runs from the final 10 overs, they were never really in danger of overhauling England's total. England eventually posted a score of 296-6 but Morgan admits that the conditions did not help them during the victory.

"People in Scotland deserve a First Minister who is focused on their priorities - raising standards in education, taking care of the health service, reforming criminal justice, helping the economy prosper, improving people's lives".

Pro-Scottish Independence supporters with Scottish Saltire and European Union flags among others rally in George Square in Glasgow, Scotland, July 30, 2016 to call for Scottish independence from the UK. Declining standards in education are "a scandal" and the direct result of 10 years of the SNP being in power, she will tell delegates.

The Prime Minister used a speech to declare that Scottish Government will not be getting control over policy areas such as fishing and agriculture in the wake of Brexit.

The party's deputy leader Angus Robertson said: "This was an ironic, hypocritical and surreal speech from Theresa May, who before the European Union referendum supported a campaign warning that leaving Europe would be a disaster, but is now determined to pull us over the cliff edge of an economically catastrophic hard Brexit".

In return the United Kingdom government has so far been one of obstinacy and intransigence.

Ms Sturgeon hit back, accusing the Mrs May of using "the language of Westminster diktat" and claiming her ministers have sought "consensus and cooperation".

Mrs May said she is "looking very closely" at the document, adding that she intends to create a "good trade agreement that works for the whole of the United Kingdom, but crucially a trade agreement that works for Scotland as well".

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