Michael Fallon has risked creating resentment in Scotland with remarks about a possible independence referendum [Image: Hayoung Jeon/EPA].

This Site’s position on a second Scottish independence referendum has been clear since the EU vote.

As Scotland voted to stay in the European Union and is being dragged out of it with the rest of the UK, I cannot blame the SNP for considering another referendum on independence. Nor should Michael Fallon.

Yes, the EU referendum was a poll of everybody in the United Kingdom, and should be respected as such.

But when a whole constituent country of the UK differs from the majority vote, it seems wise to act carefully – especially as Scotland does have the wherewithal to vote itself independent.

Unfortunately Mr Fallon, like many of his Tory colleagues, seems incapable of such diplomacy. If Scotland were to leave the union it would be because of idiots like him.

Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, has provoked a row over a second Scottish independence referendum by suggesting it would be blocked by the UK government.

“No, forget it,” he said, reflecting opposition from cabinet ministers who believe Nicola Sturgeon is bluffing about holding a snap referendum before the UK leaves the EU, since she does not have majority support for doing so among Scottish voters.

He softened his stance on Good Morning Scotland, instead urging Sturgeon’s government to “forget all that stuff and get on with the day job” it was elected for. “We didn’t see the need for a second referendum,” he said.

Fallon’s comments risk fuelling nationalist resentment about the Tories’ small mandate in Scotland, where it has one MP out of 59. Earlier this week, Sturgeon suggested she could decide to call a snap referendum as early as next month, before the UK government formally triggers article 50 by the end of March.

Source: Michael Fallon: British government could block a Scottish referendum | UK news | The Guardian

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