UK Gov Responds to Petition “Agree to a second referendum on Scottish Independence”

The UK government has responded to the petition asking it to “agree to a second referendum on Scottish Independence”.

This is the link to the original petition.

Here is the response.


The UK Government is clear that now is not the time for a second independence referendum. The UK needs to work together, putting all our energies into ensuring we get the right deal for the UK and for Scotland in our negotiations with the EU.

In 2014, the people of Scotland decided in a legal, fair and decisive referendum to remain part of the UK.

The Edinburgh Agreement of 2012 committed both the UK and Scottish Governments to respecting the outcome of the Scottish referendum.

In 2016 the people of the UK voted to leave the EU. The result of both votes must be respected.As the Prime Minister has made clear, now is not the time for another damaging and divisive referendum.

All our focus should be on our negotiations with the European Union, making sure we get the best deal for the whole of the UK as we leave. And, it would be unfair to the people of Scotland to ask them to make a crucial decision without the necessary information about our future relationship with Europe.

Scotland’s two governments should be working together, not pulling apart, at this crucial time. Leaving the European Union presents us with a unique opportunity. It is this generation’s chance to shape a brighter future for our country. A chance to step back and ask ourselves what kind of country we want to be.

We want this United Kingdom to emerge from this period of change stronger, fairer, more united and more outward-looking than ever.

Yesterday First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wrote to the UK government asking for the power to hold a second referendum. This petition response is further evidence that the government are either going to reject that request or will try to hamper and delay it.

This may be a short term win for the UK government but surely in the long term this behaviour will fuel the desire for independence?

Let us know how you think this game will all pan out in the comments below!

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8 Comments on "UK Gov Responds to Petition “Agree to a second referendum on Scottish Independence”"

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Diane Smith

They say that Scotland’s two Governments should work together but what they really mean is the Scottish Government should shut up and do what the Westminster Government tells them. That is NOT working together and that is why Nicola Sturgeon has called for another referendum – Scotland’s democratic wishes are being ignored!

David Howdle

My fear is that the UK government will delay a new referendum until EU citizens can be prevented from voting. They will also attempt, I believe, to prevent 16 and 17 year olds from voting. In doing so they will hope to skew the result because these people are more likely to vote in favour of independence.


If I hear “get on with the day job!” once more I’m going to burst a blood vessel.

Forget the referendum, convene a National Assembly of all of Scotland’s democratically elected representatives and vote on independence. The SNP will never had a more substantial mandate than they do currently.

alex b

I’m just wondering how much the UK government could really do to block independence if we just organised a referendum regardless. Surely if we wanted to be independent, we shouldn’t have to ask.


They’d have difficulty blocking it, UN declarations make the right to self-determination pretty explicit. If there was sufficient turnout and a sufficient margin (1-2% might not cut it for these purposes), it would be hard to stop without Russia, China and others from condemning the UK’s “colonialism and occupation of a sovereign nation.”


After a 62% vote against Brexit the Scottish Government can’t “work together” with the opportunists and turncoats who are now intent on prosecuting the most extreme form of Brexit, despite having been against it before their referendum. The Scottish Government are a beacon of consistency in this desert of irresponsible opportunism.

James Differ
If the UK government refuse to allow a referendum so that the people of Scotland can decide on this issue, the elected by the people Scottish Government, should decide if we are to be an independent country or not, END OF STORY. There should then be a referendum by the people of an independent Scotland on whether Scotland is to be part of the European union or not. And as far as the national debt goes, if the UK government keep refusing to allow a referendum the Scottish Government declare us an independent country and tell them, we are not… Read more »

I think all the Scottish sovereigntist MPs should resign. By-elections should be held in every constituency where the MP has resigned. The manifesto of every one should be that Scotland become an independent country. If they win enough of a majority, they should not return to Westminster, but sit together in Edinburgh and declare themselves to be the duly elected government of Scotland. They should then immediately negotiate with Holyrood for the Union of the devolved and the newly elected governments, and then, as a sovereign state, negotiate with Westminster for the division of assets and debts.