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    The UK government will not grant the Scottish authorities the power to hold another independence referendum as Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon must respect the results of the previous independence vote and United Kingdom’s choice for Brexit, UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Following the 2016 referendum on Brexit, Sturgeon said that Scotland would consider holding second referendum on independence, claiming that the Brexit referendum outcome neglected Scotland’s willingness to stay in the European Union.

    "No, forget it. The respect agenda is two-way. She [Sturgeon] is constantly asking us to respect the SNP [the Scottish National Party] Government but she has to respect the decision of Scotland to stay inside the UK in 2014 and the decision of the UK to leave the EU. Respect works two ways," Fallon told The Herald newspaper late Wednesday.

    Sturgeon commented on London's decision to block a second Scottish referendum on independence, saying it will be a "disastrous move."

    "Serious backpeddling from Michael Fallon on GMS on blocking #indyref2. Must have realised what a disastrous move it would be for Tories," Sturgeon wrote on Twitter.

    On Tuesday, Sturgeon offered a two-month deadline for UK Prime Minister Theresa May to negotiate a compromise with Scotland over Brexit deal, otherwise Edinburgh would call for a second independent referendum

    In September 2014, Scotland voted against becoming an independent country by 55 percent to 45 percent.


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