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Nicola Sturgeon would lose independence referendum, says Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson

David Mundell said Scotland would gain new powers after Brexit but would not give details David Mundell said Scotland would gain new powers after Brexit but would not give details
Saul Franklin | 04 March, 2017, 00:59

The "sheer intransigence" of the British government over Brexit could lead to a second Scottish independence referendum, the head of the devolved Scottish government said on Tuesday.

Theresa May has warned that independence would "wrench Scotland out of its biggest market" as she vowed that all four nations of the UK will leave the European Union as "one United Kingdom".

"I am determined to ensure that as we leave the European Union, we do so as one United Kingdom, which prospers outside the European Union as one United Kingdom", the prime minister told the Scottish Conservative conference.

"As I have made clear repeatedly, no decisions now taken by the Scottish Parliament will be removed from them", said the prime minister.

"I think it is clear that people in Scotland don't want a referendum".

"I am confident about the future of our United Kingdom and optimistic about what we can achieve together as a country", she said.

The UK's vote previous year to leave the European Union has strained unity, with a majority in Scotland wanting Britain to remain in the bloc.

And she will slam the SNP's performance on education, blaming failings on their "obsession" with a United Kingdom split.

But speaking to the BBC, May prime minister refused state whether or not she would grant permission for a second referendum on independence.

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Ms Davidson, who will make her keynote speech to the conference on Saturday afternoon, said Ms Sturgeon had failed to show that she had public support for a second independence vote.

Despite the SNP's grip on political power in Scotland, Downing Street believes Sturgeon is in a weak position on independence.

"I can't help but feel that the SNP has a tunnel vision about independence".

"It would offer Scotland a proper choice on whether or not to be part of a post Brexit UK - a UK that is undoubtedly on a fundamentally different path today than that envisaged in 2014".

May said keeping the United Kingdom together is a "personal priority".

She accused nationalists of "neglect and mismanagement" of education, "abysmal failure" on farm payments, "starving the health service", and replacing stamp duty with a tax which costs home buyers more but brings in less revenue than expected.

"If the Prime Minister thinks she can come to Scotland and sermonise about where power should lie, in the manner of one of her Tory predecessors, she should remember this: her government has no mandate in Scotland, and no democratic basis to take us out of Europe and the single market against our will".

"But this Government seems to think it can do what it wants to Scotland".

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