Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned British Prime Minister Theresa May that she is not bluffing over a second independence referendum should Britain opt for a hard Brexit.
Yesterday, she offered to shelve plans for a second independence referendum providing Britain and by extension Scotland, were to remain in the single market. So far May has been vague on whether Britain will look to retain single market access. To gain access to the single market you have to allow free movement of people, something the current British government is keen to control.
Earlier in the week the government has been accused of “muddled thinking” by a former ambassador to the EU who resigned unexpectedly.
Scotland voted to remain in the EU by 62% to 38%.
Nicola Sturgeon said on the Andrew Marr programme she would “give Scotland the opportunity to decide whether it wants to be driven off a hard Brexit cliff by right-wing Tory Brexiteers or whether it wants to take control of its own future”.
When asked if she would bring forward a referendum for independence in the event of leaving the single market she said, “I would think, yes. But let me not get away from this point, I’m putting to Theresa May a compromise solution.”
She went on to say that she felt Theresa May has no plan and that she, “I don’t feel as if I know any more about her (Theresa May’s) negotiating objectives than I did six months ago.
“I say that with a lot of regret as that puts every part of the UK into a very perilous position.”
She continued, “I’m not exaggerating too much when I say the prime minister sat on the other side of the table at that meeting and said ‘Brexit means Brexit’ and not a lot more.
“I came out of that meeting more frustrated, after a meeting of that nature, than I have ever been before.”