May: Scotland should stay in UK. Sturgeon: It's not on you to decideStaff Writer | March 16, 2017
British Prime Minister Theresa May rejected a call for a referendum on Scottish independence before Britain leaves the European Union — a move condemned as a "democratic outrage" by Scotland's nationalist leader.
Exit Now is not the time
"All our energies should be focused on our negotiations with the European Union," May said, adding that holding a Scotland referendum while EU exit talks are still underway would "make it more difficult for us to get the right deal for Scotland and the right deal for the U.K."
May's stance sets up a showdown with Sturgeon's Edinburgh-based administration. Sturgeon will ask the Scottish parliament next week to start the process of seeking a new referendum.
Sturgeon said Thursday it would be a "democratic outrage" for the British government to stop the people of Scotland from "having a choice over their future."
"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," she said. ■