George McGregor, managing partner of UK at Interel Belgium SA, shredded the first minister’s refusal to back down from her demand to have a vote in the middle of Brexit negotiations.
Speaking at the Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, Mr McGregor said: “The First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has asked for a second Scottish referendum on independence.
“That has been backed up by the Scottish parliament and she wants that referendum at the earliest of next year, next autumn once we get the deal on Brexit.
“Will she get that referendum? Well, Theresa May has said no, we will not get the referendum while the negotiations are taking place.”
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George McGregor hammered Nicola Sturgeon’s independence dream
The businessman suggested there was no appetite in Scotland for Ms Surgeon’s independence referendum, and expressed doubts the SNP would manage to sway the vote their way.
He said: “I think however there is a bigger question, if there was a second Scottish referendum would the decision be any different.
“If you look at the polling, and I follow extremely closely, I cannot see any appetite in Scotland for changing its mind. Scotland voted in 2014 55 per cent No to separation and 45 per cent Yes.
“It was a divisive majority with a turnout of 80 per cent, in fact the city I lived in before in Edinburg the turn out was 90 per cent.”
I cannot see any appetite in Scotland for changing its mind
It comes as prominent Tory MP Sir Bill Cash suggested the First Minister will come under the challenge from the UK Government over the UK’s North Sea oil.
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Speaking to exclusively to Express.co.uk, Sir Bill said: “North Sea oil is in significant decline and it’s not producing the revenues.
“Even supposing they can get their hands on North Sea oil because there is an issue about territorial waters, which doesn’t seem to get discussed – they belong to the United Kingdom.”
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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
The eurosceptic MP also insisted the Scottish people were unlikely to back Ms Sturgeon on her “unrealistic” calls for independence.
“There are so many reasons not to support Ms Sturgeon and I believe the Scottish people are incredibly sound and sensible when it comes to the crunch,” he said.
“They will be looking at all of this, and that is why the opinion polls are turning Nicola Sturgeon’s objectives.
“She is pitching a case which is unrealistic, and ultimately I believe the Scottish people will react against it and they are doing so already.”