The prime minister tells Scottish nationalists to bury the move for second referendum….reports Asian Lite News
Prime Minister Theresa May has warned the pro-independence Scottish government that “politics is not a game”. May, during her address at the Scottish Conservative Party conference in Glasgow, accused Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party (SNP) government of being “obsessed” with pushing for the independence of the country.
She said Sturgeon was neglecting the region’s primary needs in favour of the nation’s secession.
May said nationalists play “politics as if it is a game”, at a time when she was committed to maintaining the unity of Britain ahead of its exit from the European Union.
She said her first visit outside of England after she took office in July last year was to Scotland, because the UK’s unity was a priority for her.
May said that the British government could negotiate a deal with Brussels that benefited the whole country, including Scotland, whose electorate widely voted for Britain to remain in the EU in last June’s referendum.
May said there was no appetite for a second Scottish independence referendum and that the case was dismissed in September 2014, when 55 per cent of Scots voted to stay in Britain.
Sturgeon has insisted that a second referendum was an option in the light of the change of circumstances.
The British Prime Minister was critical of the SNP and said services such as education and health had got worse under its leadership.
She said the SNP was “a party resolutely focused on just one thing: independence”.
“Our United Kingdom has evolved over time and has a proud history,” May said. Together we form the world’s greatest family of nations. But the real story of our Union is not to be found in Treaties or Acts of Parliament.
It is written in our collective achievements, both at home and in the world. Together, we led the world into the industrial age.
“From the Derbyshire dales, to the south Wales Valleys and the workshops of Clydeside, British industrialists, inventors and workers charted the course to modernity and made the United Kingdom the world’s engine-room.
The Union enabled the social, scientific and economic developments which powered our collective achievement.
Bringing people and communities closer together allowed new connections to be made. The steam engine; perfected in the 1790s by a partnership between an engineer from Greenock, James Watt, and a manufacturer from Birmingham, Matthew Boulton.
“The Menai Straits; spanned in the 1820s by an engineer from Dumfriesshire, Thomas Telford. Collective achievement has been the story of our Union ever since. Penicillin; discovered in 1928 by a Scottish doctor, Alexander Fleming, working in a London hospital, St Mary’s. The Harry Potter books, which have sold over 500 million copies, were begun in a café in Edinburgh by an author from Gloucestershire. And that co-operation – economic, social, and cultural – has been the bedrock of our success as a Union of nations and people.
Together, we make up the world’s fifth-largest economy, despite accounting for less than 1 per cent of the world’s population. Together, we fought against and defeated tyranny. Ours is not a marriage of convenience, or a fair-weather friendship, but a true and enduring Union, tested in adversity and found to be true.
And the great institutions which we have built together, the pillars of our national life, are the result of common endeavour.”
“The National Health Service, the BBC, our armed forces, our Parliamentary democracy, our constitutional monarchy, our commitment to the rule of law, our respect for fundamental human rights. All have been admired and imitated around the world, and all were created here as a consequence of our common life together.
These achievements are the fruits of our Union. They are the signs which signify its deep and fundamental strengths.
In response to May’s comments, Sturgeon said the Tory government did not have a mandate in Scotland nor a democratic basis to take it out of the EU and the single market.