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There should not be a second Scottish independence vote: UK PM's spokesman

REUTERS
Published Feb 8, 2017, 7:23 pm IST
Updated Feb 8, 2017, 8:03 pm IST
A majority of Scots backed staying in the European Union in last year's referendum.
The ruling Scottish National Party, which lost a bid for independence in 2014, has said there should be another vote on the issue if its views on Brexit are ignored. (Photo: Representational Image)
 The ruling Scottish National Party, which lost a bid for independence in 2014, has said there should be another vote on the issue if its views on Brexit are ignored. (Photo: Representational Image)

London: The British government does not believe there should be a second referendum on Scottish independence, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said when asked about a report it was preparing contingency plans for one.

A majority of Scots backed staying in the EU in last year's referendum and the ruling Scottish National Party, which lost a bid for independence in 2014, has said there should be another vote on the issue if its views on Brexit are ignored.

 

A report by Dundee-based newspaper the Courier said that May believes Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is two weeks away from demanding an independence referendum, adding that May is privately working on a strategy to deal with it.

Asked about the report, May's spokesman said, "We don't believe that there should be a second referendum. There has been a referendum. It was clear, decisive and legal. Both sides agreed to abide by the result of that referendum."

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