Scotland cannot manage without the UK, Theresa May said as she attempts to quash moves for a second independence vote.
With 62 per cent of Scots voting to remain in the EU in June's referendum, Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, has pledged to 'explore all options' to protect Scotland's interests in Europe and said another referendum on Scottish independence is 'highly likely'.
Theresa May has promised Nicola Sturgeon that Scotland will be involved in the negotiations with the EU over Britain's departure and has pledged to pursue a 'deal that works for us all'.
She said the sharp drop in oil prices exposed 'just how crucial' the UK is to Scotland. “Scotland was able to weather that downturn because of the UK's broad shoulders.”
But she was immediately accused of 'jaw-dropping hypocrisy' by the SNP who pointed out senior Tories warning Scots not to vote for Brexit because it would diminish Scotland's power and influence in the world.