Conservative MP Stephen Kerr quizzed the Prime Minister over the prospect of a second Scottish independence referendum at PMQs

The Stirling MP dubbed the UK the "most successful political union that the world has ever known" as he addressed Theresa May in the Commons

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He asked: "Does the Prime Minister agree with me that when Nicola Sturgeon demands a second independence referendum, only four years after we had the last one, that the UK Government should side with the majority of the people of Scotland and firmly tell her, no"


The PM said that the first Scottish independence referendum was "legal, fair and decisive" and that "people clearly voted for Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom."

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Replying she said: "He is absolutely right. As he points out, Scotland held a referendum in 2014 -it was legal, it was fair, it was decisive and the people clearly voted for Scotland to remain part of the UK.

"But more than that, at the last general election the people of Scotland again sent a very clear message that they do not want a second divisive referendum.

"But the SNP sadly are out of touch with the people of Scotland and they haven't yet heard that message.

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"The last thing we want is a second independence referendum - the UK should be pulling together not being driven apart."

The Stirling MP dubbed the UK the "most successful political union that the world has ever known"

Replying to the claims the SNP were out of touch First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: "It could be argued that it takes a staggering lack of self-awareness to accuse others of being out of touch, when it is you who is ploughing on with a Brexit policy that is opposed by the vast majority of the Scottish people"

Ms Sturgeon has already pledged to set out her views on the timing of a possible second independence referendum in a "matter of weeks".

Speaking on Thursday, she said the "the sooner Scotland is independent the better for all of us".

She argued: "I think it is essential, given the catastrophe that Scotland faces - to our economy, to our society, to living standards, to prospects for the next generation, to our reputation in the world - that the option of independence must be open to people in Scotland.

"When people in Scotland have the ability to choose independence, I believe that the country will opt to be an independent country."

Ms Sturgeon will also use her latest talks with the Prime Minister to demand a second European referendum and for the Article 50 deadline to be extended to allow for this.

She said: "The time has come for the Brexit clock to be stopped through a formal extension of Article 50 to allow a second referendum on EU membership to be held.

"We simply cannot afford to be dragged any closer to the cliff edge of no deal - an outcome which should now be explicitly and definitively ruled out.

"With Brexit only a matter of weeks away, and with MPs emphatically rejecting the Prime Minister's Brexit deal, both Labour and the Tories must agree to put the question to the people."

The SNP's Westminster leader Ian Blackford asked if Theresa May has done an economic analysis of the impact of her deal, raising an assessment released last year that did not do so. He stated it was the "height of irresponsibility" that MPs have not have seen the economic impact of May's deal. 

Speaking in the Commons he claimed people will lose jobs because of "ideology" of this government.

The PM said her government has looked at the impact of various scenarios and the analysis mentioned by Blackford "made clear" the government's plan was the best, however, Mr Blackford called to go back to the people and have a second referendum.