Kezia Dugdale hit out against the First Minister for continuing to push for a second vote, despite opinion polls showing the majority of Scots do not want to return to the ballot boxes.
“And that is ultimately what this is about because the people of Scotland don’t want another referendum. All of the recent opinion polls very clearly state that people who voted to both Yes and No are opposed to a second independence referendum.
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Kezia Dugdale suggested nothing Theresa May says will halt Nicola Sturgeon’s bid for independence
“It’s Nicola Sturgeon that’s determined to pursue that second independence referendum and I’m not sure anything the Prime Minister would say will ever be quite enough for her.”
Theresa May will today reiterate to Ms Sturgeon that "now is not the time" for a second independence referendum as the pair begin talks in Glasgow's Crown Plaza Hotel.
Ms Dugdale also urged the PM to listen to the demands set out by devolved administrations across the UK.
“I heard the Prime Minister say how important it was to her, this union, this family of nations across the whole of the United Kingdom,” the Scottish Labour Party leader said.
“If she really believes that, if she wants to protect the United Kingdom, then she needs to listen to the devolved administrations across the country, whether that be the Scottish Parliament or the Welsh Assembly.
I’m not sure anything the Prime Minister would say will ever be quite enough for her
“You hear Carwyn Jones making similar arguments as Nicola Sturgeon, that we need to make sure that we have the ability to access the single market.”
Ms Dugdale said she hoped Mrs May had arrived in Scotland ready to listen, however she also said the First Minister needed to listen to the Scottish people.
Adding Scots do not want a second referendum, she said: “Now if Theresa May isn’t able to deliver on that commitment, that I’m asking for, Nicola Sturgeon is asking for, Carwyn Jones is asking for, she’s just making her job all that bit harder.
“I hope she is in Scotland today to listen. Likewise, Nicola Sturgeon needs to listen too because the vast majority of people in Scotland don’t want to be dragged back to the arguments of the past with a second independence referendum.
“I can’t help but feeling that Nicola Sturgeon is desperate for these talks to fail, she is desperate to take Scotland back to that place where all we talk about is independence.”
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British Prime Minister Theresa May met Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow, following the announcement that Scotland is to hold a second Independence Referendum
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British Prime Minister Theresa May meets Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow, following the announcement that Scotland is to hold a second Independence Referendum
Earlier today, the PM said her position "will not change" with regard to Scottish independence, saying Brexit is more important.
She said: "My position is very simple and it hasn't changed. It is that now is not the time to be talking about a second independence referendum and that's for a couple of reasons.
"First of all, now is the point when we are triggering Article 50, we're starting negotiations for leaving the European Union. Now is the time when we should be pulling together, not hanging apart. Pulling together to make sure we get the best possible deal for the whole of the UK.
"Also I think it would be unfair on the people of Scotland to ask them to make a significant decision until all the facts were known, at a point where nobody knows what the situation is going to be.
"My position isn't going to change, which is that now is not the time to be talking about a second independence referendum."