United Kingdom government rejects Scottish independence referendum: "now is not the time"

The Prime Minister is there to unveil her Plan for Britain, which she says is about securing a good Brexit deal as well as a "better deal for ordinary, working people here at home". There is, after all, no proposal that a referendum should happen this year or even early next year.

She will say: "The coming negotiations with the European Union will be vital for everyone in the United Kingdom".

As the Prime Minister of this United Kingdom, I will always ensure the voices and interests of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are represented as we negotiate to leave the EU.

Instead, it reviews the various checks and balances on government action which can operate within Britain's unwritten constitution, and how they might have moderated the extreme "hard Brexit" view Theresa May's government has chose to take, following last year's European Union referendum; and it concludes that, despite some stout initial resistance in the House of Lords, and Gina Miller's courageous stand in taking the court action which gave parliament a say in the first place, all of them have failed, leaving the 48 per cent who voted for the United Kingdom to remain a full European Union member not only unrepresented, but often entirely ignored.

"It is not something to which any responsible government could reasonably agree". Theresa May said now was "not the time" for a referendum - but did not say when the correct time would be.

Mundell said there would be no negotiations on Section 30, a procedure that allows the Scottish parliament to legislate for an independence referendum.

SCOTLAND'S FUTURE WILL be decided by the people who live here and will not be overruled by the Tories at Westminster, was the cry of the the SNP's conference as the government confirmed the debate timetable on a fresh independence referendum. The Scottish Greens party, however, rebelled against the notion of a "Westminster government that Scotland did not elect" vetoing a decision of Scotland's elected parliament, claiming that such a high-handed approach would only bolster support for independence.

The Scottish National Party (SNP) leader suggested the referendum could take place between autumn 2018 and spring 2019 - before Britain is expected to leave the EU.

"It means taking the big decisions when they're the right ones for Britain in the long-term".

Brexit Secretary David Davis said Mrs May would formally invoke Article 50 by the end of March, allowing the United Kingdom to start talks on creating a "positive new partnership" with the EU.

May had previously said there was no appetite for a second referendum less than three years after Scots voted by 55% to 45% to reject independence, in September 2014.

On winning her seat, Winnie Ewing said: "Stop the World, Scotland wants to get on". Areas like Paisley have long supported Scottish bids for independence.

Britain's future trading relationship with the bloc and any exit bill which it may have to pay are both set to be highly contentious issues in the forthcoming negotiations.

  • Jon Douglas