Ruth Davidson: Westminster must not block second independence referendum

Posted On: 
4th July 2016

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has warned that Westminster should not block a second independence referendum if it has the support of Scots.

Ruth Davidson was a prominent voice in favour of remaining in the EU during the referendum campaign

The SNP has begun preparations for another vote on breaking away from the UK in the wake of the decision to leave the European Union.

Ms Davidson set her stall out against a rerun of the 2014 vote, saying it was “destabilising” for the country.

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But when asked on the BBC’s Sunday Politics whether the UK Government should block it, she replied:

“Absolutely not. Constitutionally, the UK Government shouldn’t block it, no.”

The approval of Westminster is needed for a referendum to be legally binding.

A spokesman for First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Ms Davidson’s comments marked “major and significant shift”.

The spokesman added: “Nevertheless our focus as a government is on the negotiations that lie ahead, to protect Scotland's relationship with the European Union and our place in the single market.

"Scotland needs the stability and security of remaining in the world's biggest single market - for jobs, investment and prosperity.”