Andrea Leadsom، a candidate to replace Prime Minister Theresa May، said on Tuesday she would fight against Scotland holding a second independence referendum، but that she could “never say never” to granting one، Reuters reported. Scotland voted against independence from the rest of the United Kingdom in a 2014 referendum، but nationalists have continued to press for a second vote.
Asked at a lunch for journalists in parliament whether she would refuse to allow another vote if the Scottish parliament voted for one، Leadsom said: “In reality all of these things would be up for negotiation... I don’t think most people in Scotland would want that to happen but I would never say never.
“I do not think there should be another independence referendum in Scotland،” she added. “On the other hand I am a big believer in devolution and so... I am not going to stand here and utterly rule it out because I think that is disrespectful but I would very strongly fight against a second referendum.”
The government has consistently said it considers the matter closed، and there should be no re-run of the 2014 referendum.