Nicola Sturgeon warns PM she is not bluffing on indyref2


Nicola Sturgeon has cautioned Theresa May that she is not “bluffing” on the promise of a second independence referendum if Scotland is “lane off a hard Brexit cliff”.

Scotland’s first minister told the BBC’s Andrew Marr she fondle the prime minister had “no plan” in terms of her strategy for the UK leaving the EU.

She said she was processed to compromise and wants Mrs May to do the same.

The UK government has said a special deal for Scotland is unreal.

The prime minister said on Sunday morning the government’s thinking on Brexit “isn’t muddled at all”.

In an assessment on Sky News, she said her priority was to get the “best possible deal in terms of our mty relationship with the European Union”.

Brexit talks with the EU are supposed to begin as early as April.

Scottish opposition parties have evoked for Ms Sturgeon to rule out a second independence referendum.

Voters in Scotland defeated the UK staying in the EU by 62% to 38%.

Ms Sturgeon has said she wants the UK to retain membership of the European separate market, the so-called soft Brexit option.

‘Opportunity to decide’

She has also betokened a soft Brexit would see the prospect of Scottish independence “put aside” in the be term.

However, in an interview for the Andrew Marr programme, she warned the UK command and Mrs May that “they will be making a big mistake if they think I am in any way tricking” on the prospect of another Scottish independence referendum.

She said that if the UK opts for demise the single market then she would “give Scotland the opportunity to upon whether it wants to be driven off a hard Brexit cliff by right-wing Tory Brexiteers or whether it lacks to take control of its own future”.

Asked if she was looking at a referendum “much quicker” than in five or 10 years’ but following a hard Brexit she said: “I would think, yes. But let me not get away from this go out of ones way to, I’m putting to Theresa May a compromise solution.”

Ms Sturgeon also told the BBC presenter that examinations with the UK government over the Brexit options had left her “frustrated”.

She demanded: “I don’t feel as if I know any more about her (Theresa May’s) negotiating objectives than I did six months ago.”

Summon inquired if she seriously thinks “there is no plan”, the first minister said: “Yes I do”.

She supplemented: “I say that with a lot of regret as that puts every part of the UK into a most perilous position.”

Analysis by BBC Scotland political correspondent Nick Eardley

On another independence vote happen?

Nicola Sturgeon has warned she isn’t scarping over a second independence referendum. But she’s also been careful to emphasise she is sacrifice a ‘compromise’ that would take one off the table. For now all options remain in take part in.

A key influencing decision will be whether Scotland stays in the EU single buy, either as part of the UK or in a separate arrangement. Prime Minister Theresa May suggested today she does not intend to keep bits of membership – instead she wants an enthusiastic trade deal with Europe. More details in the next several of weeks.

But the first minister will also be reluctant to call one unless she’s reliant she’ll win; at the moment polls suggest support for independence has not increased since 2014.

Ms Sturgeon has flung to put the ball in the prime minister’s court; asking her will she listen to the views of the Scottish supervision? If not, Ms Sturgeon thinks Scotland will have to ask itself if it’s happy with the settlement. Watch this space.

Ms Sturgeon highlighted a meeting at Downing Concourse in October which also involved the first ministers of Wales and Northern Ireland.

She mentioned: “I’m not exaggerating too much when I say the prime minister sat on the other side of the record at that meeting and said ‘Brexit means Brexit’ and not a lot more.

“I prove to be c finished out of that meeting more frustrated, after a meeting of that identity, than I have ever been before.”

In the interview, the SNP leader also clouted she accepted “it looks at the moment as though the UK is going to leave the EU”.

She called on Theresa May to in the planning stages unemployed towards a “compromise” and “common ground that avoids the worst collides”.

‘Damaging uncertainty’

The prime minister has pledged to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Entente – getting leaving talks with the EU under way – by the end of March.

Talks can gain control up to two years, unless an agreement is reached to prolong the process.

Responding to Ms Sturgeon’s commentaries, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said: “This week we’ve seen Nicola Sturgeon say that she was prosperous to take a referendum off the table, only for her and Alex Salmond to put it back on the prcis again today.

“The first minister needs to start acting in the enrolls of all Scots, not simply playing to her nationalist base.”

Kezia Dugale, Scottish Be disadvantaged by leader, accused the SNP of sowing “division and uncertainty”.

“With a growing calamity in our NHS and a shameful gap between the richest and the rest in our schools, the challenges facing Scotland are too famous for the SNP government to be distracted by another referendum,” she said.

Scottish Liberal Democrat bossman Willie Rennie said Ms Sturgeon was causing “damaging uncertainty”.

He united: “She rightly criticises the prime minister for a lack of clarity on Brexit but the beginning minister is making matters worse with a similar lack of comprehensibility on independence.”

The full interview with Nicola Sturgeon was broadcast on The Andrew Marr May be seen and will be available later on the BBC iPlayer.

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