Theresa May erupted at SNP members as the party behind the push for Scottish independence continued to denounce the union and push for a second referendum. To the fury of SNP MPs, the Supreme Court announced on Wednesday morning that judges had ruled unanimously that the Scottish Government did not have the power to hold indyref2 without the consent of the Westminster Government.
In wake of the decision, Tory MP and former prime minister Ms May urged the SNP to “end its obsession” with breaking apart the United Kingdom.
Addressing the House of Commons, Theresa May declared: “Scotland is a proud nation with a unique heritage.
“It is a valued member of our family of nations – a union of people bound through the generations by shared interests.”
She turned towards the Prime Minister as she continued: “Does my right honourable friend agree with me that this morning’s Supreme Court decision gives the Scottish nationalists – the SNP – the opportunity, for once, to put the people of Scotland first and end its obsession with breaking us apart?”
Returning to the dispatch box, Rishi Sunak agreed with his Conservative colleague. The Prime Minister declared: “My right honourable friend put it very well Mr Speaker.”
The Supreme Court ruling has come as a huge disappointment to the SNP who had hoped to force through a second vote on independence without the backing of Westminster.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had been clear that she would perceive a negative result in the Supreme Court battle as a denial of Scottish democracy.
The debate on a second referendum is set to remain deadlocked as the SNP are determined to deliver an independent Scotland, but the Westminster Government has repeatedly called to respect the 2014 vote.
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