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CAROLINE ANSELL MP: My dismay over a second Scotland referendum

18 March 2017

"(May) has time to think again and I hope she does.

Sturgeon said on Monday that she would ask the Scottish Parliament next week to seek London's approval for a second plebiscite on independence.

Ms Sturgeon, the Scottish first minister, told BBC Scotland: "It is an argument for independence really in a nutshell, that Westminster thinks it has got the right to block the democratically elected mandate of the Scottish government and the majority in the Scottish Parliament".

I've just interviewed Nicola Sturgeon and pressed her on her referendum demand which, with the help of the Greens, will next week be passed by the Scottish parliament.

It perhaps says something about the times when a full-blown row between the Scottish and UK Governments about whether there should be a second referendum on Scottish independence is only one of the nominees for most significant constitutional event of the past year.

"The patriotic way means that Scotland is not caught between a die-hard conservatism that denies the Scottish Parliament the powers it needs and a hard-line nationalism that throws away the resources we secure from being part of the Union".

While further comment must await developments in the intervening fortnight ~ till the end of March ~ the government can not but be unnerved by Ms Sturgeon flagging the demand for a second vote of Scottish independence. after voters in Scotland had opposed Brexit on June 23 previous year.

Theresa May said now was "not the time" for a referendum - but did not say when the correct time would be.

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"Let there be no doubt - Scotland will have its referendum and the people of this country will have their choice".

In June's historic referendum previous year, 1.6 million Scots choose to Remain in the European Union, while just over one million voted Leave.

The kind of people, they believe, who are committed to the United Kingdom or who simply don't want another independence referendum.

"We need to do so united, as one United Kingdom, all pulling together to get the best outcome". Mr Brown will call for the Scottish Parliament to be handed control of £800 million in current European spending and get power to set Value-Added Tax rates, sign global treaties, and control agriculture, fisheries, environmental regulation, employment and energy.

She will tell the Prime Minister: "If her concern is timing then - within reason - I am happy to have that discussion".

Northern Ireland's largest Irish nationalist party says it too wants a vote on splitting from Britain after the region voted to stay in the bloc.

"We have fought together, we have worked together, we have achieved together, and constitutional game-playing must not be allowed to break the deep bonds of our shared history and our future together".

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's plans for a second independence referendum were rejected by May.