Theresa May warns of Brexit's 'unintended consequences' that could split UK

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.

The Scottish government must end their "tunnel vision" on independence, Theresa May has said as she launched a brutal attack on Nicola Sturgeon considers calling for the Scottish people to be given a second referendum on leaving the UK. I believe passionately in the Union, I'm Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, but to me what matters is how we as politicians deliver for ordinary people in their day-to-day lives. According to the United Kingdom publication, May could agree to new Scottish vote, but on condition its held after U.K. leaves EU. "As we bring powers and control back to the United Kingdom, we must ensure that right powers sit at the right level to ensure our United Kingdom can operate effectively and in the interests of all of its citizens, including people in Scotland".

After last June's referendum, which saw Britain vote to quit the EU, Nicola Sturgeon's party has become increasingly vocal about the need for a new ballot on independence.

The SNP, Scotland's main independence party, remains bullish on the subject, with MP Angus MacNeil telling Julia Hartley-Brewer that Theresa May knows another referendum would result in a secessionist victory. She also cited one example that concerns Scotland.

She implied the entire devolution settlement of 1998, which set up the Scottish parliament and Welsh assembly, was now up for renegotiation, risking a furious row with the Scottish government.

"The SNP's neglect and mismanagement of Scottish education has been a scandal", she will add.

This is while, Scottish voters overwhelmingly voted in last year's European Union referendum to remain a part of the 28-member bloc.

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"I am confident about the future of our United Kingdom and optimistic about what we can achieve together as a country".

"Theresa May has tied herself to Brexit as being the solution to everything, she's only got one big problem and that big problem is Scotland".

She said the First Minister had not yet asked for a Section 30 order, granting Holyrood the authority to hold an independence referendum, with Ms Davidson refusing to say if the UK Government should block such a request.

The Prime Minister also claimed that it is "very clear" the Scottish people don't want an independence referendum.

Mr MacNeil also accused Mrs May of forgetting the United Kingdom was a union, when he was quizzed on whether Scotland would be having a referendum every three years.

Sir Tom Devine said the recent rhetoric from supporters of the constitutional status quo amounted to "goading" the Scottish government towards "the precipice of a second referendum".

  • Megan Austin