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Independence referendum bad for Scotland: Theresa May

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Prime Minister today said that a second referendum on Scotland's independence from the would be bad for all and accused Scottish First Minister for trying to use Brexit as a pretext to engineer divisions within the country.

Addressing the Conservative party's spring conference, the British PM accused the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon led Scottish National Party (SNP) of using Brexit as a pretext to engineer divisions within the

"The fact that more Scottish voters backed staying in the in 2014, than supported the UK staying in the in 2016 and that almost half a million independence supporters actually backed Brexit last year seems to count for nothing," she said.

"It is now clear that using Brexit as the pretext to engineer a second independence referendum has been the SNP's sole objective ever since last June," she said in her speech in Cardiff, Wales.

"But it would be bad for Scotland, bad for the UK and bad for us all. The coming negotiations with the will be vital for everyone in the United Kingdom. Every person, every family, every business, every community the length and breadth of the United Kingdom - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland," she added.

Reiterating that she will be invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to begin Britain's exit from the European Union within the next two weeks, the British PM said she believes Britain's best days "lie ahead".

"And at such moments - great national moments that define the character of a nation - we have a choice. We can look forward with optimism and hope. Or give in to the politics of fear and despair. I choose to believe in Britain and that our best days lie ahead," she said.

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First Published: Fri, March 17 2017. 20:22 IST