London: British Prime Minister Theresa Might instructed the Scottish authorities on Thursday "now is not the time" for a second independence referendum, saying it could be unfair to ask individuals to vote with out figuring out the results of Brexit talks.
Her feedback raised tensions with Scotland, the place nationalists have known as for a brand new referendum and accuse Might of all however ignoring their calls for in her preparations for divorce talks with the European Union.
Scotland voted to stay within the EU final June and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon mentioned after Might spoke that blocking an independence referendum can be undemocratic.
The remarks upped the ante in a confrontation over Scottish independence as Britain prepares for intense EU exit talks. "Right now we should be working together, not pulling apart," Might instructed British tv.
"We should be working together to get that right deal for Scotland, that right deal for the UK. That's my job as prime minister and so for that reason I say to the SNP (Scottish National Party) now is not the time."
Might didn’t say outright whether or not she would block a Scottish referendum however Sturgeon was fast to accuse the prime minister of doing simply that.
She mentioned on Twitter: "The Scottish government is not proposing #scotref now… but when the terms of Brexit clear and before it is too late to choose an alternative path."
Sturgeon says Scotland ought to have the possibility to remain within the EU's profitable single market and preserve an open-door immigration coverage after voting to stay, and has criticized Might for failing to seek the advice of the Scottish authorities on her technique.
The Scottish Greens, one other pro-independence social gathering, mentioned Might risked boosting assist for independence if she wished to veto a choice anticipated to be made by Scotland's devolved parliament subsequent week.
Sturgeon is under no circumstances assured to win a referendum simply 2-1/2 years after Scots voted to stay within the union. However she has managed to place strain on Could days earlier than Britain is anticipated to set off Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty and begin the formal divorce process.
Might is a unionist and can combat exhausting to maintain Britain collectively however her authorities might be stretched in attempting to barter a "good deal" with the EU and conserving vocal eurosceptics in her ruling Conservatives onboard.
Britain's vote to depart the bloc final June deepened geographical and social divisions within the nation, with Scotland and Northern Eire voting to remain within the bloc whereas England and Wales backed an exit.
Might says her authorities is dedicated to partaking with the entire of Britain over Brexit to barter a superb deal for everybody. "To look at this issue at this time would be unfair because people wouldn't have the necessary information to make such a crucial decision," Might mentioned.