British government wants no new referendum on independence for Scotland

British government wants no new referendum on independence for Scotland

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The British government sees no need for a second referendum on the independence of Scotland. The Scottish deelregering can better focus on improving the economy and other domestic issues, said the British defense minister Michael Fallon Thursday.

According to a published Wednesday opinion poll, the support for independence in Scotland has increased since the British prime minister Theresa May is said to steer a “clean break” with the European Union. That creates a lot of speculation about a second onafhankelijkheidsreferendum.

If the Scottish government’s decision in London a second referendum requirements, it could lead to a constitutional crisis. That would be very inconvenient, since May is now focused on delicate negotiations with the 27 other member states of the EU about the British retirement.


“We see no need for a second Scottish referendum,” said minister Fallon Thursday during a joint press conference with his Italian counterpart Roberta Pinotti in Rome.

“The Scottish government can better make haste with the business for which she is elected, such as improving Scottish education, solve the problems in the Scottish health care and, above all, to get some life out of the Scottish economy, which is struggling with rising unemployment,” said Fallon. “These are now the priorities for Scotland, a second referendum is not.”

In the referendum in 2014 voted is 55.3 percent of the Scots sure part of the United Kingdom to remain. 44.7 percent opted for independence.

Hard Brexit

But according to the pro-European Scottish National y (SNP), things are different now May against the wishes of most Scots manage on a ‘hard Brexit’.

When journalists May asked whether a second referendum would allow, she said: “We have the onafhankelijkheidsreferendum already in 2014. The Scottish people decided that their country must remain part of the United Kingdom. The SNP called it at the time, even voice that ‘once a generation’ passes.”

Although England and Wales chose the EU to leave, voted in favour of Scotland and Northern Ireland for membership of the EU. In Northern Ireland caused a political crisis about. Next month are elections held.

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