British Prime Minister Theresa May has launched a scathing attack on Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s call for a new independence referendum, saying it threatened “huge uncertainty” at a pivotal moment for the United Kingdom.
May accused the Scottish leader of “tunnel vision” and indicated she would not accept Sturgeon’s demand for a referendum before 2019, when Britain is expected to leave the European Union.
Sturgeon made her unexpected announcement Monday, hours before the bill authorizing the British government to trigger the formal process of leaving the European Union passed its final stages in the UK parliament. It is expected to receive royal assent — the signature of the Queen — later on Tuesday.
The bill was passed after peers in the Hose of Lords backed down over securing residency rights for EU nationals and ensuring a “meaningful vote” on the final Brexit deal.
Speaking earlier in Edinburgh, Sturgeon said the United Kingdom was heading for a “bad deal” on Brexit. Scotland’s attempts to strike a compromise were met with a “brick wall,” she said.
May hit back at Sturgeon, the Scottish National Party (SNP) leader. “The tunnel vision that SNP has shown today is deeply regrettable,” she said.
“Instead of playing politics with the future of our country, the Scottish government should focus on delivering good government and public services for the people of Scotland. Politics is not a game.”
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