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Sturgeon criticises May's rejection of second Scottish referendum

The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon criticised the British prime minister's rejection of a second independence referendum, stating that denying Scots a chance to decide on their future post-Brexit would be contrary to May's promise to work for all the people of the UK. 

“If the Prime Minister refuses to engage on the terms of a referendum before Brexit takes place then she is effectively trying to block the people of Scotland having a choice over their future. That would be a democratic outrage," Ms Sturgeon said. 

“It is for the Scottish Parliament – not Downing Street – to determine the timing of a referendum, and the decision of the Scottish Parliament must be respected. It would be outrageous for the Scottish Parliament to be frozen out of the process.”

This week, Prime Minister May said a second independence referendum would not be on the cards for at least 6 years, stating now was not the time to rethink the Union. 

Ms Sturgeon had this month called for a second independence referendum in 2018 in order to allow Scots a chance to decide on their future after the UK has negotiated its exit from the EU.