Scotland’s demand for an independence referendum is likely to face an uphill task since it could potentially undermine Britain’s negotiating position during Brexit talks with the EU.
In a significant development, British Prime Minister Theresa May is preparing the grounds for rejecting Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s demand for an independence referendum.
Sturgeon had earlier demanded a referendum for independence which was sidestepped by May.
“The prime minister has said this would mean a vote while she was negotiating Brexit and I think that can be taken pretty clearly as a message that this timing is completely unacceptable,” said a source from the British government.
“It would be irresponsible to agree to it and we won’t.”
The Times newspaper has quoted another anonymous source who is allied to May as saying the prime minister was prepared to be more explicit in the coming weeks and that preparations for the Scottish independence referendum will undermine Britain’s negotiating position with the EU.