MSP Gil Paterson has spoken out after Theresa May turned down calls for an independence referendum in Scotland.
He said: “Theresa May has made a huge mistake in denying Scotland it’s democratic right, and 62 per cent of the Scottish electorate voted against Brexit. The people of Scotland elected the SNP into Holyrood in with the manifesto pledge that a second referendum on independence could be held if we were to be dragged out of the EU against our will.
“No one is proposing we rush into holding a referendum on Scotland’s membership of the UK – we must wait until details of what Brexit actually is emerge. Both the UK and European Commission have even said the details would be clear in 18 months, when it was suggested a referendum could be held.
“As the First Minister said today, ‘it is for the Scottish Parliament – not Downing Street – to determine the timing of a referendum, and the decision of the Scottish Parliament must be respected.’
“I sincerely hope the wishes of the Scottish Parliament are listened to by Theresa May – because there is a huge will in Scotland govern ourselves, especially amongst our younger generations, who are our future.”
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