Nicola Sturgeon says Theresa May has no ‘rational argument’ against her independence timetable : i NEWS

Poles apart: Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Nicola Sturgeon has accused Theresa May of lacking any “rational argument” against giving the go-ahead to a second Scottish independence referendum after their talks ended in deadlock. The Scottish Parliament is set to call on Tuesday for another vote on leaving the United Kingdom in reaction to claims that Mrs May is steering Britain towards a ‘hard Brexit’. The two leaders were still at loggerheads after they met ahead of Mrs May triggering Article 50 on Wednesday, beginning the two-year process of leaving the European Union. A letter confirming the move will be handed over to the European Council president, Donald Tusk, by Britain’s permanent representative in Brussels, Sir Tim Barrow.

Ms Sturgeon has called for an independence referendum to be staged between autumn 2018 and spring 2019 prior to Brexit taking place. She argued that her plans fitted in with Mrs May’s timescale as it would enable Scotland to hold its referendum before the UK leaves the bloc.

Sturgeon: two timescales are in sync However, at the Glasgow meeting, the Prime Minister repeated her refusal to grant the referendum during that period as it would be “unfair” to voters lacking the full information required to make an informed choice. The Scottish First Minister insisted that Mrs May had been clear the terms of the UK’s divorce from the EU and the details of a new free trade deal would be known within two years.

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