Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

ScotExit The divisions in the UK remain and might be getting more serious.

Anger as Michael Fallon dismisses second referendum
Scottish nationalist politicians have reacted angrily after a senior British minister said the UK would not support a second independence referendum.

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In an interview with Scottish newspaper The Herald on Wednesday, Britain's Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said nationalists could "forget" about UK help for another vote.

Calls for a second referendum over Scottish independence have increased since Scotland, unlike England, voted to remain in the European Union by a margin of 62 percent to 38…

The SNP has made continued membership of the EU, particularly its single market, one of their flagship policies. Its leaders have threatened another independence vote to ensure that Scotland remains.

Fallon's comments drew angry rebukes from senior Scottish politicians, including Sturgeon…

"Not content with trying to drag us out of EU against our will, with the support of just one MP out of 59 in Scotland, they are now suggesting they might try to block the nation's right to choose a different path.

"Any Tory bid to block a referendum would be a democratic outrage, but would only succeed in boosting support for both a referendum and for independence itself" [a spokesperson for Sturgeon said].

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