20/03/2017 - May Will Fight for a More United Britain

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In a speech in Cardiff on Friday, Prime Minister Theresa May pledged to fight for a ‘’more United Britain’’, and unveiled what she called her ‘’Plan for Britain’’, together with a warning to Scotland not to pursue its independence plans.

She reiterated the importance of the whole of the UK ‘’pulling together’’ to get the best outcome, and promised to ensure that all the voices and interests in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are represented. "I will always fight to strengthen and sustain this precious, precious Union," she added.

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has refused to back down over its demand for a new independence vote, after May said: "Now is not the time". Despite voting to remain in the UK in 2014, the SNP administration wants a fresh vote as the UK plans to leave the European Union. Scottish voters voted by a majority to remain in the EU, with England and Wales voting to leave. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she is "up for continued discussion" with May on the matter, and wants to find a referendum date that both sides can agree on.

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