Published: Sat, March 04, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Scottish nationalists treat politics like a game, says May

Scottish nationalists treat politics like a game, says May

"Theresa May is guilty of mind-boggling hypocrisy - it is her government's constitutional obsession with a hard Brexit which is directly threatening Scottish jobs and livelihoods", he said.

Theresa May might not have actually said the word "referendum" in her speech to the Scottish Conservative party conference in Glasgow, but the prospect of another vote on the possible break-up of the United Kingdom is clearly weighing heavily on the Prime Minister's mind.

"The economic case for the union has never been stronger", May told her Conservative Party's Scottish conference in Glasgow.

"Our aim will be to achieve the most effective arrangements to maintain and strengthen the United Kingdom, while also respecting the devolution settlements, and we will work constructively with the devolved administrations on that basis".

"Politics is not a game and the management of devolved public services in Scotland is too important to be neglected", she will say, according to advance extracts released by her office.

She added: "We need to be equally determined to ensure that the truth about our United Kingdom is heard loudly and clearly".

Sturgeon said on Friday that British ministers had "refused to seriously engage" with Scotland, offering a "brick wall of Tory intransigence". "The SNP are playing politics like it is a game, but it is not a game".

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Angus Robertson accused the PM of threatening Scottish jobs by pulling the country out of the EU
ANDY BUCHANAN via Getty Images Angus Robertson accused the PM of threatening Scottish jobs by pulling the country out of the EU

The No vote secured 55 per cent at the 2014 referendum.

"Issues like the state of the economy, reforming schools - education used to be such a great flagship for Scotland, but sadly in recent years we have seen that deteriorating".

"The SNP point out the importance of the European market to Scottish businesses", said May.

Ahead of the PM's speech, Ms Sturgeon said: "The Scottish Government's approach since the European Union referendum has been to offer compromise and to seek consensus at every turn".

The First Minister accused United Kingdom ministers of acting with "obstinacy and intransigence" by refusing to accept suggestions from their Scottish counterparts on Brexit negotiations. "Where we have spoken the language of consensus and cooperation, theirs has been the language of Westminster diktat". However, what May's speech gives us a glimpse of the approach her government will take should a second vote occur.

Scotland voted by 55 percent to 45 percent against independence in 2014 and that division roughly stayed the same through the end of previous year. Scottish Nationalist MPs accused Mrs May of a "power grab" after she dodged the question at Prime Minister's Questions yesterday (1 March).

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