Nicola Sturgeon has been told by Ministers that she cannot use a Scottish independence referendum to hold Britain hostage during the Brexit negotiations.
She said in response to British Prime Minister’s Brexit speech in which she said she would take Britain out of the single market, that a new independence referendum was “undoubtedly” on the cards.
Brexit secretary David Davis has spoken out against Sturgeon saying the government would not allow her and other Scottish nationalists to interfere with negotiations with the EU.
He went on to say that there was little support in Scotland for a second referendum and that it would only serve to bring harm.
Ms Sturgeon said that Scotland should be able to choose its own future to Theresa May’s plans after leaving the EU.
Theresa May revealed more plans about leaving the EU including leaving the single market and gaining border control.
Single market access gives Britain access to 500 million customers across Europe.
She said, “The UK Government cannot be allowed to take us out of the EU and the single market, regardless of the impact on our economy, jobs, living standards and our reputation as an open, tolerant country, without Scotland having the ability to choose between that and a different future.
“With her comments today, the Prime Minister has only succeeded in making that choice more likely.”
Speaking on television, David Davis said, “I don’t think that’ll be good for the Scottish nation, I don’t think the Scots want it or the polls.
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“I think the simple truth across the country is everybody wants to get on with it… people, whether they voted leave or remain, want us to get on with it, want us to make it work.
“Nicola [Sturgeon] had her own model that she put up and we’re going to be debating it…we’ve got a committee to discuss all of that stuff and they came up with something that would be technically difficult to do, keeping them in the single market and us out would be difficult for other countries to accept, the Spaniards have said they wouldn’t accept it for instance.
“We’re going to debate it with them and treat it with the respect we should, but at the end of the day, the issue of the independence of Scotland, you can’t use the European negotiations as some sort of hostage for that.”