Theresa May to accuse the SNP of "tunnel vision" on Scottish independence

Mar 05, 2017, 00:29
Theresa May to accuse the SNP of

Addressing the Scottish Conservative party conference in Glasgow, the MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, said another vote would be damaging for Scotland and the idea filled him with "utter dismay".

That plea from the British Prime Minister in a speech in Scotland, where there is increasing talk of a new referendum on independence if the nation is forced into leaving the EU.

Sturgeon has called on May to consider her proposal to allow Scotland to remain a member of the European single market, and has warned that another referendum is "all but inevitable" if no such concessions are made.

With this in mind, a "soft" Brexit process is the best way in maintaining the Union otherwise we do face the prospect of a second independence referendum and that result may go another way next time.

The Tory said: "My job right now is to stand up for the majority of Scots who say they do not want a second referendum, that is exactly what I'm doing".

Theresa May launched her strongest attack Friday since becoming prime minister against the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP), accusing them of playing politics as though it were a game. According to the United Kingdom publication, May could agree to new Scottish vote, but on condition its held after U.K. leaves EU.

"But increasingly, this Tory government seems to think it can do what it wants to Scotland and get away with it".

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.

" I am confident about the future of our United Kingdom and optimistic about what we can achieve together as a country".

"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", she said.

" Given that this falls well short of what Scotland actually voted for. these proposals represent significant movement and a substantial concession on our part".

"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.

Sturgeon said May has shown no flexibility or willingness to adapt her position in response to Scottish concerns about her strategy for Brexit. "That is what I mean by governing for the whole United Kingdom".

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