Theresa May warns Nicola Sturgeon now is ‘not the time to play politics or create uncertainty’

14 Mar

Theresa May has said Britain is braced for a “defining moment” as it leaves the European Union, as she warned Nicola Sturgeon now is “not the time to play politics or create uncertainty”. 

The Prime Miniser was barracked by MPs as she told the House of Commons she had been “working closely” with the Scottish Government on preparations for Brexit.

In a swipe at Ms Sturgeon’s plans for an independence referendum, Mrs May told the Commons: “This is not a moment to play politics or create uncertainty.

“It is a moment to bring our country together, to honour the will of the British people and to shape for them a better, brighter future and a better Britain.”

It came as Ruth Davidson warned the First Minister’s position on Scottish membership of the EU has “unravelled”, after she failed to say the nation would remain a member of the European Union if it became independent. 

The leader of the Scottish Conservatives warned that neither Ms Sturgeon or her ministers have given a firm commitment that Scotland would be able to remain a member after the UK leaves. 

Lord Dunlop, the Government’s Scotland minister, called on Ms Sturgeon to take the prospect of a referendum “off the table”.

Speaking in the Lords, he said there was “nothing more calculated” to frustrate a good Brexit deal than another referendum.

Mrs May headed off a rebellion by pro-European Conservative MPs last night as the Government overturned attempts by the House of Lords to frustrate her plans for a clean Brexit.

Speaking this afternoon, Mrs May said the Government’s Bill will get the Royal Assent in the coming days and she will come to the House to announce the triggering of Article 50.