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Nicola Sturgeon, Theresa May, Ruth Davidson and Jeremy Corbyn, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about Scottish referendum. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 57 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 233 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Nicola Sturgeon is: “As a result of the Brexit vote we know that change is now inevitable - the question is what kind of change is right for Scotland and whether that change is made for us or by us.”.

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Stephen Tierney

The central importance of commonly agreed rules and a neutral referee in a situation of deep disagreement when the stakes are high cannot be under-estimated.

Mark Diffley

The truth of the matter is, we're split down the middle on whether we want a referendum, and on the outcome itself. One of the things the SNP and the yes side will be banking on in any campaign is that that will happen again. On the one hand, the hu[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

To suggest that an emphatic election victory on the basis of a clear manifesto commitment and a parliamentary majority on an issue does not provide a mandate begs the question: what does? And it runs the real risk of undermining the democratic proce[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

Staying in the U.K. hasn't safeguarded Scotland's place in Europe, it has jeopardized it.

Nicola Sturgeon

It would mean accepting that at the end of this process we will not even have the option of choosing an alternative path, and that the direction of our nation will be decided for us. I do not consider that to be right, or fair. The future of Scotlan[...]

Alex Neil

One of the things we have to watch is that we take the people with us when the time comes. To maximise our chances of winning a Yes vote in a referendum, we have to make sure people are with us on the need for the referendum itself.

Patrick Harvie

It is absurd to suggest that we should not respond to and react to the fundamentally-changed circumstances we now find ourselves in.

Kezia Dugdale

We have already heard from the first minister about the need to respect the will of this parliament. If only she respected the mandates given to government by this chamber before now. When this parliament votes for another referendum as it inevitabl[...]

Willie Rennie

For the SNP their mandate for another referendum is based on the European Union. But now the SNP tell us they will not seek or guarantee membership of the European Union with their referendum.

Nicola Sturgeon

It will simply not be acceptable for the UK government to stand as a roadblock to the democratically expressed will of this parliament. Nine months on there is no indication at all that this parliament's voice has carried any weight at (Britain's na[...]

Ruth Davidson

Most people in Scotland are sick to death of the SNP's games. They don't want another referendum any time soon, just three years after the last one. It was about a well-rehearsed game to put forward unworkable proposals, wait for Westminster politic[...]

Willie Rennie

For the SNP their mandate for another referendum is based on the European Union. But now the SNP tell us they will not seek or guarantee membership of the European Union with their referendum. They are cynically courting the one in three independenc[...]

Ruth Davidson

Most people in Scotland are sick to death of the SNP's games. They don't want another referendum any time soon, just three years after the last one. It was about a well-rehearsed game to put forward unworkable proposals, wait for Westminster politic[...]

Kezia Dugdale

Nicola Sturgeon wakes up every single day thinking of ways to engineer another referendum because leaving the UK is the only thing that matters to her. It isn't improving education in Scotland; it isn't lifting children out of poverty; it isn't givi[...]

John Lamont

It is only a week since Nicola Sturgeon announced her plans for an unwanted divisive second referendum out of the blue with no prior notice to anyone. As usual with the SNP, it is a case of double standards.

Nicola Sturgeon

To stand in defiance of that would be for the prime minister to shatter beyond repair any notion of the UK as a respectful partnership of equals. If her concern is timing then within reason I am happy to have that discussion. But let the prime minis[...]

Ruth Davidson

The SNP is not Scotland and they are acting against the majority wishes of the people of Scotland in putting forward their proposition on Monday. There are people right across Scotland, many, many thousands of them, that are so thankful for the prim[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

I don't think that is reasonable because by that point Scotland has been taken out of the EU, two years have elapsed. Presumably there is divergence opening up between the rules of the European Union and the single market and where the UK is going. [...]

Ruth Davidson

There are people right across Scotland, many, many thousands of them, that are so thankful for the Prime Minister to say let's take a pause on this.

Alex Salmond

The phrase was not once in a lifetime, it was the opportunity of a lifetime. I said it on the Andrew Marr show - it's just one of these collective myths that evolve.

Ruth Davidson

The SNP is not Scotland and they are acting against the majority wishes of the people of Scotland in putting forward their proposition on Monday. I've read far too many headlines saying, Scotland reacts X, Scotland reacts Y. No, it doesn't. There ar[...]

Alex Salmond

In my view this is a once in a generation - perhaps even a once in a lifetime - opportunity.

Nicola Sturgeon

The Prime Minister's attitude should worry all of us hoping that negotiations with Europe will not be a disaster because - and let me put this bluntly - if she shows the same condescension and inflexibility, the same tin ear, to other EU countries a[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

There will be an independence referendum.

David Torrance

There is also something of the early '90s Glasgow university student politician about Sturgeon, still clinging to the notion that she's idealistic and unsullied by compromise, when in fact from the moment she was elected, and certainly from the mome[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

As we debate our future, let's do so openly and honestly. But let no one – for or against independence – ever seek to run down Scotland's strengths and our nation's great potential. What we must all do is strive to make our country even better.

Michael Russell

I do not know Theresa May as well as I know Nicola. But I have no doubt Nicola not only has the shrewdest but also the cleverest mind. And she is good at taking people with her.

Angus Robertson

What we're seeing yet again is Gordon Brown being wheeled out when the union is in trouble. We are very, very far from that. I don't take this seriously at all.

Gordon Brown

A new third option can unify our country and end the bitter and divisive yes-versus-no conflict that will continue to rip us apart. It is time to transcend the bitter division and extremism of an inflexible, die-hard conservatism at war with an intr[...]

Gerard Burns

It is a gallus pose, with a bit of attitude, a little bit of mischief. She does not look pompous. She looks self-assured and – here is a risky word – she looks feminine. If people ask me what she is like, I would say quite shy.

Kevin McKenna

The call for a second referendum has been triggered by the high-handed and disdainful attitude of the UK government. The uninitiated, on first encountering an SNP conference, might think that they were already stepping on to independent turf and tha[...]

David Torrance

At one point she told a journalist she hadn't come into politics to talk about shoes, but a year later she was giving a feature writer a tour of her wardrobe and collection of footwear. Her view seemed to be, There is a media and public appetite for[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

There will be an independence referendum. Imagine what will happen if Scotland chooses to stay. We will become a magnet for talent and investment from all across the UK. So let me issue this open invitation today – Scotland isn't full up. An indepen[...]

Michael Russell

Gordon Brown is lining himself up with the Tories to deny the people of Scotland a choice about their future. This is Brownhog day all over again. Gordon Brown has made this same stale speech numerous times over the years – but it is beyond parody f[...]

Gordon Brown

That is the consequence of independence now. That is a more extreme and hard-line position to exit the British single market as well as the United Kingdom.

Nicola Sturgeon

Politics aside – I hope girls everywhere look at this photograph and believe nothing should be off limits for them.

Nicola Sturgeon

Lighten up … and then the girl of 16 would say eff off.

Angus Robertson

If the Prime Minister refuses to engage on the terms of a referendum before Brexit takes place then she is effectively trying to block the people of Scotland having a choice over their future. That would be a democratic outrage. So when the terms of[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

Plan A' is the democratic one, it is the right one, because it's the one which puts the choice into the hands of the people of Scotland.

Nicola Sturgeon

I have a mandate to give people in Scotland a choice and it is simply undemocratic for a party with one MP (member of parliament) in Scotland to stand in the way of that.

Alex Salmond

For the wider U.K., a referendum would inject more political uncertainty which could further undermine sterling, raise inflation, and thereby cause slower growth in consumer and business investment spending.

Alex Salmond

Given that demands for the referendum have been brought about by Brexit, currency issues are likely to play an important role in any future debate on independence in the event a referendum is called. Oil prices could also be an important factor in d[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

I have got various options that I would consider but with the greatest of respect I'm not going to share them with you right now. Well I will share them with the people of Scotland and the people of Scotland will have the right to know them once we [...]

Theresa May

We have seen that tunnel vision on display again this week. The SNP argue that we should break up the UK because we are leaving the EU. It is muddle on muddle. One market that is manifestly not working for all consumers is the energy market. The vas[...]

Angus Robertson

Well let me absolutely clear to Theresa May: you are not going to get away with it.

Lesley Riddoch

With few economic downsides so far, many Scots hoped they could ignore the Brexit process. The battle over a second referendum will make that impossible. What’s a year or two between friends? Quite a lot, it seems – and even longer between sworn pol[...]

Humza Yousaf

If Theresa May thinks we will shut up and eat our cereal she should think again.

Betty Reid

Why leave the UK for someone else to tell us what to do?

Sandra Anderson

Go through all that again? It's not fair to the country, is it?

Nicola Sturgeon

I don't think I should be getting into Plan Bs at this stage when I am putting forward a Plan A that has such a strong cast iron mandate.

Theresa May

So we are looking very closely at how we can address this problem, and ensure a fairer deal for everyone. We will set out our plans very soon.

Angus Robertson

Let there be no doubt: Scotland will have its referendum and the people of this country will have their choice. They will not be denied their say. Scotland's referendum is going to happen, and no UK prime minister should dare to stand in the way of [...]

Nicola Sturgeon

History may look back on today and see it as the day the fate of the union was sealed.

Theresa May

And now they apparently say that an independent Scotland would no longer seek to become a member of the EU after a vote for separation.

Nicola Sturgeon

The Scottish government is not proposing #scotref now... but when the terms of Brexit clear and before it is too late to choose an alternative path.

Theresa May

All our energies should be focused on our negotiations with the European Union.

Nicola Sturgeon

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.

Robert Peston - iTv

Will you sanction a second referendum? So when is the time? Never while you're Prime Minister? What if Nicola Sturgeon holds a referendum anyway, without your permission?

Theresa May

We need to do so united, as one United Kingdom, all pulling together to get the best outcome. That is what we have always done when faced with challenges. We have pulled together as one and succeeded together.

Ruth Davidson

Is it not true, though, that independent forecasts suggest independence would put Scotland £11bn in the red? So I issue a direct challenge. If next Wednesday, the Scottish parliament votes for a second referendum, will the Tories respect the will of[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

I will be arguing for this country to be in charge of its own finances and it's own future, to build a stronger society and a stronger economy.

Alex Neil

There is a fundamental point of principle that the Scottish parliament should have the power to decide on its own when and if it wants a referendum. It has never been the case that you need every party to sign up to major constitutional change. That[...]

David Mundell

We will not be entering into discussions or negotiations about a Section 30 agreement and any request at this time will be declined.

Theresa May

The Union is more than just a constitutional artefact. It is a union between all of our citizens, whoever we are and wherever we're from. So our Plan for Britain will put strengthening and sustaining that Union at its heart. The coming negotiations [...]

Ruth Davidson

We reject conclusively the timetable for a referendum set out by the Scottish government. For a key reason – because it is unfair to Scottish voters. We have just come through a referendum campaign when a key complaint among many people was that the[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

It's an argument for independence really in a nutshell, that Westminster thinks it has got the right to block the democratically elected mandate of the Scottish government and the majority in the Scottish parliament. History may look back on today a[...]

Theresa May

To look at the issue at this time would be unfair, because people wouldn't have the necessary information to make such a crucial decision.

Ruth Davidson

And that is because there is no clear political or public consent for this to take place. The country – and our parliament – is divided not over just the question of independence, but over whether we should even hold a referendum or not.

Nicola Sturgeon

You know history may look back on today and see it as the day the fate of the union was sealed.

Theresa May

As we embark on the process of negotiating a new relationship with the European Union, I'm going to be fighting for every person, every family, every business across the whole of the United Kingdom. That's my focus, and I think it should be the focu[...]

Ruth Davidson

The Scottish Conservatives reject the proposals set out by the first minister on Monday. A referendum cannot happen when the people of Scotland have not been given the opportunity to see how our new relationship with the European Union is working. A[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

This is not the Iron Lady – this is someone whose government is in chaos, chopping and changing all of the time.

Ruth Davidson

I choose to put this parliament first.

David Mundell

It would be impossible for people in the timescale suggested by Nicola Sturgeon to make a reasoned view and, therefore, have a legal, fair and decisive referendum as we did in 2014 on the basis of the facts as they would be aware of them at that poi[...]

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh

Does she agree that governments should stick to their manifesto promises, and if so she can't object to the first minister sticking to hers?

Anders Vistisen

Although there is a lot of sympathy for Scotland, the problem is the interests of having good relations with England massively outweighs helping Scotland.

Nicola Sturgeon

Trading mandates does not put PM on strong ground. The PM is not yet elected by anyone. I don't want to see anybody doing constitutional game-play with the future of the United Kingdom. It seems a generation now is less than three years! Often when [...]

Nicola Sturgeon

Well done, Muirfield -- decision to admit women members emphatic and the right one. Look forward to seeing you host the Open again in future.

Robin MacLean

Sturgeon is holding Britain to ransom by demanding a referendum at this stage when we are trying to negotiate Brexit. It is a stab in the back and a very cowardly act.

Peter Watson

If they were honest and said they wanted independence because they just don't like the English, I would have a great deal more respect for them. If they want to jump out of the U.K. now, they will be left on their own, they will not be part of the E[...]

Sophie Newbould

I don't want there to be a second referendum, not right now anyway. We are already going through massive changes as a country leaving the EU. I am willing to be persuaded. I don't think it's the best time for another referendum, but if there was a g[...]

Theresa May

The tunnel vision the SNP (Scottish Nationalist Party) has shown today is deeply regrettable; it sets Scotland on a course for more uncertainty and division, creating huge uncertainty. And this is at a time when the evidence is that… the majority of[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

I am not turning my back on further discussions. If the UK leaves the EU without Scotland indicating beforehand – or at least within a short time after it – that we want a different relationship with Europe, we could face a lengthy period outside no[...]

Fiona Hyslop

The parameters of that deal will have to be known by autumn 2018, so other EU countries can have the ratification, in order to do what the UK wants, which is to leave by spring 2019. That window of opportunity for Scotland to take a different course[...]

Fiona Hyslop

They've put us in this position – it's not where we want to be. I would be absolutely negligent in my duty as a government minister were I not to pursue the interests of the Scottish people. And the single market membership is absolutely crucial, fo[...]

Fiona Hyslop

So much is unclear from the UK government. And that's one of the reasons we find ourselves here. We've put forward compromises, we're trying to work with the UK government, we've not had anything meaningful back, so therefore we can't drift for the [...]

Theresa May

If Scotland is to have a real choice - when the terms of Brexit are known, but before it is too late to choose our own course - then that choice must be offered between the autumn of next year, 2018, and the spring of 2019.

Nicola Sturgeon

The UK Government was clear in 2014 that an independence referendum should be, in their words, made in Scotland, by the people of Scotland' – that is a principle that should be respected today. Having Scotland's referendum - at a time when the terms[...]

Theresa May

Next week I will seek the approval of the Scottish Parliament to agree with the UK government the details of a section 30 order - the procedure that will enable the Scottish Parliament to legislate for an independence referendum.

Nicola Sturgeon

The kind of change we want.

Theresa May

It will be decided by the people of Scotland. It will be Scotland's choice.

Nicola Sturgeon

Brexit has made change inevitable… the choice I believe Scotland should have should be what kind of change we want. U.K. membership of the single market was ruled out with no prior consultation with the Scottish government, or indeed with other devo[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

If I ruled out a referendum, I would be deciding–completely unilaterally–that Scotland will follow the UK to a 'hard Brexit' come-what-may, no matter how damaging to our economy and our society it turns out to be.

Nicola Sturgeon

I can confirm today next week I will seek authority of scottish [sic] parl -legislate for an independence referendum. The future of the UK looks very different today than it did two years ago. Scots should be able to choose whether to follow the UK [...]

Nicola Sturgeon

It sets Scotland on a course for more uncertainty and division. I am not turning my back on further discussions should the U.K. government change its mind. Sometimes you've got to do what you think it right in politics. And I think it's right for Sc[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

I will take the steps necessary now to make sure that Scotland will have a choice at the end of this process. A choice of whether to follow the UK to a hard Brexit, or to become an independent country able to secure a real partnership of equals with[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

The timing of the Brexit negotiations are not within the control of the Scottish Government. However, we must plan on the basis of what we do know now and what we know is that on the timetable set out by the Prime Minister, the shape of the Brexit d[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

We have not met with a Government and a Prime Minister who is willing to meet us half way [, ...] they have moved away from compromise with language that has appeared to become harder and harder.

Nicola Sturgeon

But I will take the steps necessary now to make sure that Scotland will have a choice at the end of this process – a choice of whether to follow the U.K. to a hard Brexit, or to become an independent country able to secure a real partnership of equa[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland stands at a hugely important crossroads. On the eve of Article 50 being triggered, not only is there no U.K.-wide agreement on the way ahead – the U.K. government has not moved even an inch in pursuit of compromise and agreement. All of our[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

I am not turning my back on further discussions should the U.K. government change its mind. Sometimes you've got to do what you think it right in politics. And I think it's right for Scotland to have a choice.

Nicola Sturgeon

Brexit has made change inevitable.

Nicola Sturgeon

The future of the U.K. looks very different today than it did two years ago.

Ruth Wishart

The first minister’s call for a second independence referendum won’t have been taken lightly, but it’s a gamble she clearly feels she can win. Nicola Sturgeon’s decision to flag up a second referendum on Scottish independence is hardly a bombshell –[...]

James Mitchell

It's not as certain as some imagine that she (Ms Sturgeon) would go, that would depend on how she handles defeat. I think she could get away with staying on in a way he (Mr Salmond) could not have.

Nicola Sturgeon

I am taking the steps necessary to make sure that Scotland will have a choice – wheth- er to follow the UK to a hard Brexit, or to become an independent country able to secure our relationship with Europe, build a stronger and more sustainable econo[...]

Theresa May

Ours is not a marriage of convenience, or a fair-weather friendship, but a true and enduring Union, tested in adversity and found to be true... We are four nations, but at heart we are one people. That solidarity is the essence of our United Kingdom[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

If Scotland is to have a real choice - when the terms of Brexit are known but before it is too late to choose our own course - then that choice must be offered between the autumn of next year, 2018, and the spring of 2019. If the UK leaves the EU wi[...]

Theresa May

The tunnel vision that the SNP has shown today is deeply regrettable. It sets Scotland on a course for more uncertainty and division, creating huge uncertainty. And this is at a time when the evidence is that the Scottish people, the majority of the[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

If Scotland is to have a real choice - when the terms of Brexit are known but before it is too late to choose our own course - then that choice must be offered between the autumn of next year, 2018, and the spring of 2019. If the UK leaves the EU wi[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

Within that window, I guess, of when the outline of a UK deal becomes clear and the UK exiting the EU, I think would be commonsense time for Scotland to have that choice, if that is the road we choose to go down.

Nicola Sturgeon

I have been genuine and sincere about trying to reach a compromise agreement with the UK government. We have not met with a Government and a Prime Minister who is willing to meet us half way on that... they have moved away from compromise with langu[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

Not only is there no U.K.-wide agreement on the way ahead, but the U.K. government has not moved even an inch in pursuit of compromise and agreement. Our efforts at compromise have instead been met with a brick wall of intransigence.

Nicola Sturgeon

Since last June my focus has been on trying to find an agreement with the UK that would reconcile the UK-wide vote to leave the European Union with the Scottish vote to remain.

Nicola Sturgeon

The UK government has not moved even an inch in pursuit of compromise and agreement. Our efforts at compromise have instead been met with a brick wall of intransigence.

Nicola Sturgeon

Yes I do. Absolutely, I believe that.

John Lamont

That's a shameful approach, and one that the SNP will not get away with for much longer.

Kevin Pringle

At the start of the last referendum, independence support was in the low 30s. This time around – before any campaigning in favour and having soaked up a lot of attacks against – Yes starts at perhaps 50%, according to the latest poll. That must be a[...]

Jeremy Corbyn

Next week Nicola Sturgeon must rule out a second referendum and get back to the bread and butter issues.

Jeremy Corbyn

If a referendum is held then it is absolutely fine, it should be held. I don't think it's the job of Westminster or the Labour party to prevent people holding referenda.

Jeremy Corbyn

I do think we should set it within the context of the economic relationship with the rest of the UK, and the question of devolution of EU [powers] to English regions and to Scotland, and to parts of Scotland rather than just to the government in Hol[...]

Jeremy Corbyn

All of these negotiations would happen at a time when the SNP should be focused on education, where attainment is falling, on the NHS, which faces a workforce crisis, and on our economy which sees 220,000 Scottish children live in poverty.

Nicola Sturgeon

I'm pretty certain that this wasn't the purpose of this impressive human rights lawyer's appearance at the UN.

Nicola Sturgeon

Within that window, of when the outline of a UK deal becomes clear and the UK exiting the EU, I think would be a common sense time for Scotland to have that choice, if that is the road we choose to go down.

Kezia Dugdale

This is yet another attempt by Nicola Sturgeon to sow division and uncertainty, at a time when the country needs to pull together more than ever.

Nicola Sturgeon

Within that window, er I guess of when the, the sort of outline of a UK deal, becomes clear on the UK exiting the EU, I think would be the common sense time for, Scotland to have that choice, if that is the road we choose to go down. Well, I'm not a[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

It's not a game, it's really, really serious and the implications for the UK are serious and the implications for Scotland are serious.

Alex Bell

With neither prepared to back down over the possibility of a second Scottish referendum, it’s a high-stakes fight for both. Nicola Sturgeon observed today that, if there is another independence referendum for Scotland, it would be “common sense” to [...]

Nicola Sturgeon

Within that window, I guess, of when the outline of a UK deal becomes clear and the UK exiting the EU, I think would be commonsense time for Scotland to have that choice, if that is the road we choose to go down. I'm not and I never have been. I alw[...]

Murdo Fraser

Never mind bringing forward plans for a second referendum, the SNP needs to own up to the lies it told in the first. Andrew Wilson has admitted that even the SNP knew its claims about an oil 'boom' were rubbish. Nicola Sturgeon and John Swinney shou[...]

Jackie Baillie

The SNP's economic case for independence now lies in tatters. The official projections for oil and gas revenues have been revised downwards yet again. Now the facts are clear. With a £15 billion deficit, the cost of independence to our valued public[...]

Dave Doogan

I have no comment to make. If you want a comment you will need to go to the First Minister's office. As the First Minister made very clear last week the SNP condemns all comments that are in any way, shape or form racist or anti-English or that in a[...]

Dave Doogan

She also called on people to reflect carefully on the fact that the SNP is right now among the loudest voices in the UK calling for diversity, tolerance and freedom of movement and among the loudest voices standing up for the benefits of migration.

James Kelly

Gordon Wilson has recognised that the SNP's separation dream would in fact be an economic nightmare, with us outside the UK and Europe.

Gordon Wilson

The Scottish National party must exercise extreme care if, as it appears, it is caught in a political vortex and cannot avoid holding a second referendum on independence at the worst possible time. For many supporters, that is not the only problem. [...]

James Kelly

It is quite remarkable to hear a former SNP leader admit that EU membership for an independent Scotland is a fantasy.

Ruth Davidson

It is time to get rid of the waffle, and the theories that have failed – and restore Scotland's reputation as providing the best education in the world.

Jeremy Corbyn

Those who actually love their country would never seek to divide it.

David Mundell

I don't think another independence referendum is inevitable at all. I still hope that Nicola Sturgeon would take it off the table, end that uncertainty, work with the UK Government to get that best possible deal for Scotland. Of course there could b[...]

Theresa May

We must avoid any unintended consequences for the coherence and integrity of a devolved United Kingdom as a result of our leaving the EU. Ours is not a marriage of convenience, or a fair-weather friendship, but a true and enduring union, tested in a[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

Where we have spoken the language of consensus and co-operation, theirs has been the language of Westminster diktat. Where we have been prepared to offer a solution short of our ideal outcome, they have refused to seriously engage. And where we have[...]

David Mundell

The people of Scotland have decided and we should stick with that verdict.

Theresa May

My first visit as Prime Minister was here to Scotland. I wanted to make clear that strengthening and sustaining the bonds that unite us is a personal priority for me. I am confident about the future of our United Kingdom and optimistic about what we[...]

Theresa May

As we bring powers and control back to the United Kingdom, we must ensure that right powers sit at the right level to ensure our United Kingdom can operate effectively and in the interests of all of its citizens, including people in Scotland. As I h[...]

Theresa May

Our aim will be to achieve the most effective arrangements to maintain and strengthen the United Kingdom, while also respecting the devolution settlements, and we will work constructively with the devolved administrations on that basis.

Theresa May

We have got, I think, a good relationship… I know her media persona is quite reserved, but she's got quite a quiet wit about her. I think she'll be a good prime minister. She takes everything very seriously, and will always do the right thing. To se[...]

Theresa May

It took time for me to come to some sort of peace with myself about it. It's something I struggled with. I didn't want to be gay – I'm not sure how many people do….

Theresa May

The UK devolution settlements were designed in 1998 without any thought of a potential Brexit.

Theresa May

You have to look after that cat and not let Donald Trump anywhere near your pussy.

Nicola Sturgeon

If the prime minister thinks she can come to Scotland and sermonise about where power should lie, in the manner of one of her Tory predecessors, she should remember this: her government has no mandate in Scotland, and no democratic basis to take us [...]

Theresa May

We've been very clear we are not going to take powers from the Scottish parliament. What we do need to look at is are these powers which currently reside in Brussels, how should we deal with those? There will be some areas where we do need to ensure[...]

Angus Robertson

We will always work to improve our public services – but absurdly ill-informed comments like this do the Prime Minister no favours.

Ruth Davidson

I would be confident of victory. By the end of the last campaign Yes had already crossed over to be in the lead in the polls and we won by 10 points. At the moment they are polling way below what they were doing then. I think the arguments are weake[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

But increasingly, this Tory government seems to think it can do what it wants to Scotland and get away with it.

Nicola Sturgeon

If an independence referendum does arise, it will not be down to bad faith on the part of the Scottish government, but to sheer intransigence on the part of the UK government. It is not too late for the UK government to change course, but time is ru[...]

Ross Greer

We are working on a timescale now where Article 50 (which triggers Britain leaving the European Union) will be activated next month – that's the timescale when it will almost certainly become clear whether there's going to be a referendum or not. So[...]

Michael Fallon

We've made it clear that there's no need for a second referendum.

Alex Salmond

If the U.K. government rejects Nicola Sturgeon's compromise plan ... then I think an independence referendum will be very likely. And I think in that context, within that two-year period, then I think the Yes side this time would win it.

Martin Quinn

I voted for Scottish independence and I voted to leave the EU. But I'm not sure independence is such a good idea any more.

Nancy Smith

The worst thing I can think of is Nicola Sturgeon using this as an excuse. I want Scotland to remain part of the UK.

Martin Quinn

I think we got promised too much and it's not going to be delivered -- a stronger economy, money from oil. I don't think we could cope just now and there isn't enough confidence. And I think Brexit will make that feeling worse.

Holly Wilkie

The EU as a whole, especially issues like free movement, has always been very positive and I think a lot of Scots think that way. If Scotland was able to be independent and stay in the EU I could be persuaded.

John Curtice

Although a majority of those who voted against independence voted to remain in the EU, they're not necessarily committed to the EU to the same extent as they are to the UK.

Charlie Cusworth

The actual logistics of independence are now worse than ever given that Scotland's economic situation is now worse.

Nancy Smith

My allegiance is to the UK not to the EU.

Holly Wilkie

I really dislike referendums. It became a very aggressive thing, people wanting to rip signs down and such. No one wants that again.

Charlie Cusworth

If Scotland did leave (the UK), I think it would be far worse, economically, than Brexit.

Holly Wilkie

As regards independence I am still a 'N.

Nicola Sturgeon

While discussions on those proposals continue, and while the Prime Minister [Tuesday] reiterated her pledge to give our plan proper consideration, we have not yet seen evidence that Scotland's voice is being listened to or our interests taken into a[...]

Ruth Davidson

[The] Scottish National Party should have the good grace to accept that many of its own demands – including the protection of workers' rights, and the protection of rights for the EU citizens in Britain and cross-border cooperation on tackling crime[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

The UK government cannot be allowed to take us out of the EU and the single market, regardless of the impact on our economy, jobs, living standards and our reputation as an open, tolerant country, without Scotland having the ability to choose betwee[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

The UK government cannot be allowed to take us out of the EU and the single market, regardless of the impact on our economy, jobs, living standards and our reputation as an open, tolerant country, without Scotland having the ability to choose betwee[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

They (UK government) will be making a big mistake if they think that I am in any way bluffing because if it comes to the point, you know, two years after Scotland had been told in the independence referendum, Scotland don't leave the UK, lead the UK[...]

Theresa May

I think it's wrong to look at this as just a binary issue, as to either you have control of immigration, or you have a good trade deal. I don't see it a as a binary issue. We will, outside the European Union, be able to have control of immigration, [...]

Nicola Sturgeon

Don't disregard Scotland. I don't feel as if I know any more about her negotiating objectives today than I did six months ago, and probably what's more worrying than that, I'm not sure she knows more about her negotiating objectives than she did bac[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

I've been willing, and am willing, to put aside my preferred option of independence in the EU to see if we can explore a consensus and compromise option. I'm never going to stop arguing for independence. I think Scotland will become independent and [...]

Nicola Sturgeon

We are working to safeguard the opportunities that so many people in Scotland now take for granted. We are determined that Scotland's vote to remain in the European Union will be respected - and that people in Scotland retain as many of the benefits[...]

Alvin Tan

Sterling has been under pressure because of these issues with the potential Scottish referendum, after (Sturgeon) set out red lines on Brexit scenarios and talked about continued access to the single market.

Nicola Sturgeon

We believe our practical solutions are reasonable and in the best interests of Scotland – in a context that will be complex and unprecedented whatever the ultimate outcome.

Nicola Sturgeon

There has to be a way to effectively square the circle (between the two results). Will this be easy? No … but I believe this is achievable. First and foremost, this is about us trying to convince the UK that these are proposals worthy of being consi[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

We are determined to maintain Scotland's current position in the European single market.

Nicola Sturgeon

The option of independence must remain on the table. Brexit is a problem not of Scotland's making.

Nicola Sturgeon

We all have to wait and see what the reality of President Trump is. I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that I hope the reality of president Trump is different the candidate Trump we saw.

Nicola Sturgeon

There is a sense of the Prime Minister feeling, if she goes one way she will upset some people and, if she goes the other way she will upset other people.

Nicola Sturgeon

Let me be clear - I recognise and respect the right of England and Wales to leave the European Union. This is not an attempt to veto that process. But the democratic wishes of the people of Scotland and the national Parliament of Scotland cannot be [...]

Nicola Sturgeon

It is normal in any election for those on the losing side to feel disappointment, but today many in America and across the world will also feel a real sense of anxiety. I hope the president-elect will take the opportunity to reach out to those who f[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

While this is not the outcome I hoped for, it is the verdict of the American people and we must respect it. I congratulate president-elect Trump on winning the election.

Nicola Sturgeon

(Carmaker) Nissan has a clearer indication of strategy than the elected governments of Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

Nicola Sturgeon

The margin for 'remain' in Scotland was 24 points: a far more emphatic and clear result.

Nicola Sturgeon

I recognise and respect the rights of England and Wales to leave the European Union. This is not an attempt to veto that process, but the democratic wishes of the people of Scotland and the views of the national parliament in Scotland cannot simply [...]

Nicola Sturgeon

(The ruling) is hugely significant and underlines the chaos and confusion at the heart of the UK government.

Carwyn Jones

There is still huge uncertainty about what success will look like from the U.K. government... That makes it difficult for the devolved administrations to positively influence the process.

Nicola Sturgeon

I'm not seeking to undermine anyone. I don't know what the U.K.'s negotiating position is, so there's nothing there that I can see to undermine. At the moment it doesn't seem to me like there is a U.K. negotiating strategy, which is one of the sourc[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

So far those words are not matched by substance or actions, and that is what has got to change.

Nicola Sturgeon

I'm not prepared to simply stand back and watch Scotland driven off a hard Brexit cliff edge because the consequences in lost jobs, lost investment and lower living standards are too serious for that.

Nicola Sturgeon

Well, we had a frank exchange of views. I don't mind admitting large parts of the meeting were deeply frustrating. I don't know any more now about the UK government's approach to the EU negotiations than I did before I went into the meeting, and I c[...]

Kate Forbes

After the (political) mess that has followed the (Brexit) vote, business is desperate for clarity and leadership.

Nicola Sturgeon

We will seek to make this plan a key element of the UK's Article 50 negotiation. It will require substantial additional powers for the Scottish parliament: all the powers in our areas of responsibility that currently lie with the EU - and significan[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

It will require substantial additional powers for the Scottish Parliament. All the powers in our areas of responsibility that currently lie with the EU - and significant new powers too.

Nicola Sturgeon

In our Programme for Government, I committed to publishing a draft referendum bill. I am determined that Scotland will have the ability to reconsider the question of independence - and to do so before the UK leaves the EU - if that is necessary to p[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

It's clear that beyond hard-line rhetoric the UK Government has no detailed plan. So the Scottish Government will set out a plan for Scotland. We will seek to make this plan a key element of the UK's Article 50 negotiation.

Nicola Sturgeon

I'm trying to be tactful here - it would be helpful to know more about the UK government's kind of thinking. As a first step, I think we would all benefit greatly from some clarity.

Joe Twyman - YouGov

Inevitably, some will suggest that the high-water mark of Scottish independence has now passed, especially as it was thought that leaving the EU might persuade 'No' voters to change their minds and vote against the Union.

Nicola Sturgeon

Since I have been here I've found enormous interest in the referendum result as you would expect and I've also had a sympathetic response to the position Scotland finds itself in, facing the prospect of being taken out of the European Union against [...]

Nicola Sturgeon

While I believe that independence is the best option for Scotland, it is not my starting point in these discussions. My starting point is to protect Scotland's interests and to protect our relationship with the EU.

Nicola Sturgeon

Our early priority has been to ensure that there is a widespread awareness across Europe of Scotland's different choice in the referendum and of our aspiration to stay in the European Union.

Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland spoke clearly for remain and I'm determined Scotland's voice will be heard.

Nicola Sturgeon

It might not all happen immediately but this is going to be the most damaging experience for the UK since the end of the second World War and you know, I don't want Scotland to be subject to that damage. (...) Everybody knows I support independence,[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

Cabinet agreed that we will seek to enter into immediate discussions with the EU institutions and with other EU member states to explore all possible options to protect Scotland's place in the EU.

Nicola Sturgeon

Cabinet agreed that we will seek to enter into immediate discussions with the EU institutions and other EU member states to explore all possible options to protect Scotland's place in the EU. Over the next few days I will establish an advisory panel[...]

Jacek Saryusz-Wolski - European Parliament

Thank you Scotland! Welcome in EU!

Nicola Sturgeon

If Parliament judges that a second referendum is the best or only way to protect our place in Europe, it must have the option to hold one in that time scale. I can confirm today that in order to protect that position we will begin to prepare the leg[...]

Joanna Cherry

At the moment we are part of a free market where we have access to 500 million other consumers...If we voluntarily withdraw from that free market, we will no longer have access to trading with that free market.

Chris Huddleston - Lehman Brother Holdings

We've all seen U.S. elections, UK general elections, we've had the Scottish referendum, the collapse of Lehman and QE (Quantitative Easing) but this is by far and away the biggest risk event that has presented itself to the UK.

Matt Brief - Ig Group

Our political binaries have shown a high success rate in predicting the correct outcome in previous elections and referendums. The pattern we are seeing is similar to the Scottish Referendum when markets remained solidly for a no victory throughout [...]

Nicola Sturgeon

To ensure that all options are open to us, this programme for government makes clear that we will consult on the draft referendum bill so it is ready for immediate introduction if we conclude that independence is the best or only way to protect Scot[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

The SNP has won a third consecutive Scottish Parliament election. That has never been done before in the history of the Scottish Parliament. We have tonight made history.

Nicola Sturgeon

If less than two years later (after the independence referendum) Scotland was to find itself taken out of the European Union against our will, because we had chosen to stay in the United Kingdom, it's not hard to see why that might lead to a growing[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

Let me absolutely clear, I want the vote on the 23rd of June to result in an overwhelming victory across all parts of the UK for remaining in the EU.

Nicola Sturgeon

I don't want to see Faslane close. I have long argued Faslane should be a conventional naval base, and of course, there needs to be investment and diversification in making sure that we create alternative jobs for people who currently work in Triden[...]

Nicola Sturgeon

There's no doubt that there's a very palpable sense of concern at the prospect of the UK coming out of the EU and an interest in how that debate will develop.

Nicola Sturgeon

People in Scotland are watching quite carefully just now to see how David Cameron's government responds. If it responds well, then the message people will take is that Westminster is responsive, it is adaptable, it can serve Scotland better. If it d[...]

Justin Urquhart Stewart

It only just serves to underline just how vapid and weak most of the other politicians are, because not only can people barely name them, but they're barely known for very much at all. Whether you agree or disagree with Ms Sturgeon, she has created [...]

Nicola Sturgeon

My offer to Ed Miliband: if he's prepared to be better than the Tories, then I'm prepared to work with him, to allow him to replace the Tories.

Tom Mludzinski

The SNP now look likely to be the third-largest party in the House of Commons, overtaking the Liberal Democrats in terms of the number of MPs they have. Therefore, they will be in an extremely strong position as potential kingmakers in any coalition[...]

Leanne Wood

With a strong team of Plaid Cymru MPs we will make sure that Wales' voice is heard loud and clear.

Nicola Sturgeon

We won't just serve Scotland's interests – though we will most certainly do that. But we will seek to do more than that – we will also seek to play our part in bringing about positive, long-lasting and progressive change right across the UK.

Nicola Sturgeon

They won't tell us what powers they are talking about. They don't agree between themselves what more powers should come to Scotland and we're already seeing MPs from south of the border saying they'll block any more powers for Scotland.

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