Michael Fallon has told Nicola Sturgeon to "forget it"
The Defence Secretary launched a scathing attack on The Scottish National Party, insisting they "forget” about holding a second vote and get “on with what they were elected to do”.
He said: "We don't see the need for a referendum – this is a diversion.
"What the Scottish government should be focusing on is what it was elected to do, which is to improve schools standards, get to grips with the problems in Scottish hospitals and reverse the serious rise in unemployment."
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We don't see the need for a referendum – this is a diversion
Sir Michael Fallon
When asked if the the UK would support a second referendum, Sir Fallon told The Herald newspaper: “No, forget it. The respect agenda is two way.
"Ms Sturgeon is constantly asking us to respect the SNP government, but she has to respect the decision of the Scotland to stay inside the UK in 2014 and the decision of the UK to leave the EU. "Respect works both ways."
The Tory minister urged the SNP to focus on their "day job" and "not get into the theology of whether or not a second referendum should be held”.
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The defence secretary told SNP leaders to get on with their jobs
Scotland suffered a major blow when its planned intervention on Brexit was unanimously dismissed by the judges who ruled devolved assemblies in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast will not get to intervene.
She said: "It is becoming clearer by the day that Scotland's voice is simply not being heard or listened to within the UK. “
Theresa May's spokesman said the question of Scottish independence was answered in 2014
Downing Street has also insisted the question of Scottish independence was settled by a referendum in 2014.
Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokeswoman said: "That is consistent with our position that it was settled in 2014, that it was decisive, legal and fair. "Both sides agreed to respect it. Therefore, as the Defence Secretary has indicated in interviews, the priority should be elsewhere."
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