Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Sturgeon refuses to rule out wildcat independence vote

Sturgeon refuses to rule out wildcat independence vote

"I think we will find the Prime Minister is not in a position she can sustain and I would say to her, in all sincerity here in trying to be consensual, we seem to have a starting point of agreement that both of us think that now is not the right time for a referendum".

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Monday that she wanted a fresh vote on leaving Britain, saying Scotland did not want the "hard Brexit" that May's Conservative government is pursuing.

The Tory MSP said: "T he SNP's only reason for existing is to rip Scotland out of the UK".

" Just because she (the Prime Minister) says something does not mean she is right nor does it mean she is in a sustainable position, so I am not going to get pushed into talking about - to use the old referendum terminology "plan Bs" - when I am pursuing a plan A which is democratic, fair and right".

He is expected to add: "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".

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has refused to rule out holding a wildcat independence referendum unauthorised by Downing Street.

"Now is not the time", the British prime minister repeated several times in an interview with ITV News on Thursday.

"We believe that together we are stronger by remaining in the United Kingdom". But if it's only fair to be able to conclude Brexit negotiations before a referendum, then it's only fair that the people should have their say in the months after that, before the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

Speaking to me today, Ms Sturgeon indicated she might be prepared to discuss the timing of another vote with Mrs May. The Prime Minister knows that and everyone understands that.

The standoff comes as the SNP gathers for its spring conference in Aberdeen.

Angus Robertson, the deputy leader of the SNP, has opening the party's spring conference by promising delegates that Scotland will have a referendum on independence. "They will not be denied their say".

The First Minister says she is convinced the PM's position is not sustainable, that she can not continue to deny Scotland a vote without incurring major political damage and possibly even strengthening the case for independence.

"Many of the people who voted for the European Union, are against independence and vice versa, including very big figures in the SNP".

But she insisted: "My intention is that we have a referendum on the same basis we had as the one in 2014".

Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to withdraw the threat of an "illegimate" second independence referendum amid speculation that the SNP is considering an unauthorised poll.

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