'Whilst Theresa May is in power there won't be a Scottish independence referendum', says political commentator

'Whilst Theresa May is in power there won't be a Scottish independence referendum', says political commentator

Theresa May met with Nicola Sturgeon

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

There won't be a second Scottish independence referendum until Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street, according to a political commentator.

The Prime Minister has met her Scottish counterpart Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow and reiterated that there will not be another Scottish referendum until after Brexit.

John Rentoul, chief political commentator for The Independent, told James Max that both Ms May and Ms Sturgeon were determined to "make no progress whatsoever - because that’s actually in the interests of both sides."

He elaborated by saying that “Nicola Sturgeon doesn’t actually want another referendum" yet as she knows "she’s not very likely to win it." 

Rentoul added: “I don’t think there will be a second referendum in Scotland as long as Theresa May is Prime Minister.

“In fact, I’m not sure that any British Prime Minister would concede a second referendum, certainly not unless there is a big shift in Scottish opinion, that hasn’t happened so far."

Listen to the full interview above