In response to SNP Leader and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s demand for a second Scottish independence referendum, PM Theresa May has straight forwardly replied that “now is not the time” as she claims that the government is going to put “all its energies” into negotiating Brexit. Ms. Sturgeon surprised Downing Street on Monday as she announced her plan to call a vote before Britain leaves the EU, suggesting that it should happen sometime between autumn 2018 and spring 2019.
During a television interview, May did not completely rule out a referendum but rejected Sturgeon’s timing. She pointed out that in case a vote was going to be held, it would have to take place after Brexit. In reply to May’s response, Sturgeon stated that prime minister’s decision was undemocratic and “proof positive that the Tories fear the verdict of the Scottish people.” Article 50 lays out a two-year process for leaving the EU, due to be triggered by the end of this month, and May claims that the UK should be “working together, not pulling apart”.