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The Prime Minister has accused the SNP of playing politics over
the threat of a second independence referendum - but she refused to be
drawn on whether the UK Government would block one.
Theresa May was speaking in a wide-ranging interview
The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon hit back tonight, saying
the Scottish Government had been met by a brick wall of
Jackie Bird asked Theresa May first about the aftermath of the EU vote.
But when we look at what we want to do in the future in terms
of the UK and its access to the single market
and the European Union I want a comprehensive free-trade deal.
I want to be able to see the best possible trading arrangement
From Scotland's point of view, the single market that matters most
in terms of trade for Scotland is the single market
In recent days, Sir John Major and Tony Blair have both warned
that this hard Brexit makes a second Scottish independence
I am sure you have heard that Nicola Sturgeon describes it
The question isn't whether there could be a referendum
I think in 2014 the people of Scotland voted to
It was described by the SNP as a once in a generation vote that
I don't think people want a referendum today.
It's about delivering for people on the issues that matter to them
I can't help but feel that SNP has tunnel vision about independence.
I think people want the SNP Government to get on with dealing
the issues they want to see addressed day-to-day, the state
Education used to be such a great flagship for Scotland,
but sadly in recent years we've seen that deteriorating.
These are the issues that matter to people day-to-day.
They want the SNP Government to get on with the day job.
We know what the SNP Government thinks and they are saying a second
independence referendum is all but inevitable.
You have the power to grant that or not.
If they ask for it, if there is a vote in the Scottish
parliament and they say, we demand a second
independence referendum, will you give permission?
I think the SNP needs to move away from the tunnel vision
of independence and focus on the issues that matter
You are saying that the Scottish Government has tunnel vision
You have the power to stop that by saying, you may want a second
but it isn't going to happen, focus on running Scotland.
Are you saying you are not going to do that?
At the moment, I think people in Scotland are clear
I think the SNP is exhibiting tunnel vision.
I think people want an SNP government getting
So why was your clarion call, looking ahead to the local council
elections, that if you vote for the Conservative Party,
you are voting against a second Scottish independence referendum?
In that case, you are playing the same game.
No, we are saying something simple that I think is resonating
with people, which is that actually I think people want to see people
elected, as councillors, as MSPs, who are focusing on the issues that
matter to them, and the message of the Conservative Party
is that we will focus on those issues day-to-day.
Do you believe the SNP Government has a mandate to call a second
Obviously, significant powers have been devolved to Scotland.
The SNP government have the opportunity to use those powers
to improve the day-to-day life of people in Scotland.
In recent days, there has been talk of powers being taken
from the Scottish Government post-Brexit.
I am clear, we are not going to take powers away.
We need to look at those powers that currently reside in Brussels,
when they come back, when the UK leaves the EU,
In some areas, we will need to ensure there is a UK framework
to make sure that the single market of the UK that matters for Scotland
What we are talking to all of the devolved
administrations about is, when we do that, when we bring
powers back from Brussels, what should stay at a UK level
and what should be further devolved to the devolved administrations.
So no powers that are currently there will be taken away.
Our political editor Brian Taylor joined me earlier from Holyrood
when I put it to him that the Scottish Government had
some hard-hitting words of its own tonight.
You won't be surprised to know that the First Minister takes a
First of all saying that the Conservative UK
Government have no mandate to govern Scotland, no mandate to take
Scotland out of the EU and the single market
against the professed will of the Scottish people but, as
you mentioned, that argument that, in the discussions that have taken
place over Scotland's contribution and role
Scotland of Brexit, Nicola Sturgeon argues
that she has offered consensus and compromise and has been met
by a brick wall of Tory intransigence.
It might suit both governments to maintain
discussions at some level and in some fashion for a wee while.
It might suit the UK Government as they
seek to find some way, any way, of pre-empting a second
independence referendum and it might suit Nicola
Sturgeon as she seeks to demonstrate to the people of Scotland that she
has sought every avenue, pursued every potential by way within the
ambit of the UK, short of moving instantly to that referendum.
Do I think there is likely to be a referendum on independence?
Fans and major figures from the world of football have been
paying tribute to the former Celtic defender and Lisbon Lion
Tommy Gemmell, who has died at the age of 73.
He scored one of the goals in Celtic's 2-1 victory in the 1967
European Cup Final against Inter Milan.
50 years on from Celtic's greatest triumph, supporters and fans from
other clubs remember the man who turned the dream into a reality.
Tommy Gemmell scored Celtic's opening goal in their 2-1 win over
Inter Milan in the European cup final in Lisbon.
Nobody could see us winning the match.
We had a couldn't care less attitude and we played with the class
and style that we played with throughout the season.
As I say, we didn't have any pressure at all.
Tommy Gemmell's goal that day was one of the great iconic moments
It is imprinted on the mind, not just because of its significance
but because of the spectacular nature of the goal.
He had a long stride, covering the ground quickly,
tremendous leg strength and a superb shot, and that all came distilled
At Celtic Park today, two of Tommy Gemmell's former
team-mates shared memories of a friend and former Lisbon Lion.
He was one of the best fullbacks in Europe at the time.
The most important thing for us was the dressing room,
because he was so close to each of us.
I know he looked like him, but he believed he was.
As well as a career with Celtic, Tommy Gemmell played
18 times for Scotland, with mixed results.
COMMENTATOR: Oh, that was uncalled for.
Everybody feels sorry for him but at the time it's
just a sort of thing, you can't stop yourself doing it.
It's on the spur of the moment and that's it.
The undeniable fact is that Tommy Gemmell will be remembered
mainly for his Celtic performances and as a Lisbon Lion.
For us, in this particular year, the 50th anniversary, it's so sad.
Although we are mourning Tommy, I would hope we can celebrate
some way as well, celebrate who Tommy was and what
he did for this club and what that team did for Celtic.
A report into the death of a fisherman from Newton Stewart
has concluded that he might have survived if he'd been
31-year-old Scott Rennie never recovered consciousness
after spending ten minutes in the water when he fell overboard
from the Kirkcudbright-based scallop dredger King Challenger.
Its owners have since issued new safety guidance to crews.
The Aberdeen chairman says the club's proposed ?50 million
new stadium complex could help prevent the city becoming
a backwater after the recent decline in the oil industry.
Despite some local objections to the project, Stewart Milne
wants to move the club from its traditional Pittodrie home
to a new site just outside the city at Kingsford in time for the start
Not only will we be setting Aberdeen Football Club up
for hopefully the next half century at least, it can play a major
bearing in how Aberdeen as a city is perceived out there in a wider
world, that we are a city determined to go places.
We want to build on the reputation we've got and not, as the North Sea
oil starts to fall off, end up being a backwater.
Tennis - Andy Murray saved seven match points
in a second set tie-break, before beating Philipp
Kohlschreiber in the Dubai Championships quarterfinals.
The world number one needed eight set points to edge the German
20-18 in the tie-break and level the match.
Murray then raced to victory in the final set to win the match.
Let's get the weather outlook for tonight
Good evening. We are under Cleveland Gaza crossing after night. There is
a good chance for many others to seize the poor our borrowers. This
has been captured by one of our viewers a certain level. Across
central and southern Scotland, outbreaks of rain. The rain will
fall as snow over Highgrove. Dry conditions tomorrow. A widespread
frost with light winds. Tomorrow dawns on a dry note across the
north. Further south, more in the rate of cloud and continued
outbreaks of rain. Tomorrow morning it will be 3-4dC. Julia across the
north. -- cold across north. As the go through the day, this is where we
will hold on to the best of the sunshine and dry conditions. For
central and southern Scotland, the remote into clear but we will hold
on a fragment of cloud and limited brightness. Winds are beginning to
strengthen as they go through the day and this will make for a cold
real. -- also. Cloudy sums up the rest of the day with outbreaks of
rain. Julie in the exposed areas. Clubs will increase once again
through the south through the evening. That is followed by
outbreaks of rain tracking its rebirth was -- trapping its way
northwards. Plenty of cloud around and outbreaks of rain continued to
push northwards. The best of brightness and sunshine is across
the very far north. Southern parts of the UK, it is an improving
picture. Our next update is during Breakfast
at 6:25am tomorrow. But from everyone on the late
team - goodnight. seen through the eyes
of the fans and stars. We were all travelling the length
and breadth of Britain every Saturday and going
and supporting our club.