A pro-independence Scottish MP has reacted bullishly to news that Theresa May has rejected Nicola Sturgeon's referendum plea, saying the Prime Minister "wins us votes every time she opens her mouth."
SNP lawmaker John Nicholson also said that Ms May's "haughty arrogance" will only fuel the campaign for independence north of the border, and suggested she is scared of losing a new referendum.
Nicholson was speaking to talkRADIO after Ms May ruled out a second referendum in the near term, saying now is not the time to resolve the issue.
The MP said that Ms May is simply "tipping her toe into the water to see what kind of reaction she gets" but expressed the view that, if the Scottish Parliament supports the SNP and demands another referendum, "most people across the political spectrum would think it was a democratic outrage for that to be denied."
Nicholson told Sam Delaney that the Government's Brexit plans are in disarray, adding that "the incompetence of this government is extraordinary" and leaving the single market will be disastrous for Britain.
The interviewee concluded by saying that, if Ms May really wants to do a tour of Scotland (as she has hinted), he would be the first to invite her to address the people of his constituency - as it will only strengthen the separatists' case.
Listen to the full interview above