British PM says Scotland must drop bid for independence

British Prime Minister rejects second Scottish referendum, calling Scotland’s first Minister Sturgeon to respect result of last year’s vote

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September 19, 2014: British Prime Minister David Cameron makes a statement regarding the result of the Scottish independence referendum in Downing Street in central London.

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday that Scotland must drop its obsessive claim for independence, using the first anniversary of the Scottish independence referendum.

The referendum took place in Scotland on  September 18 2014 with the attendance of 84.6 percent of the electorate, which was the highest recorded for an election or referendum in the United Kingdom’s political history, since the introduction of universal suffrage.

In the referendum, Scotland rejected independence from 55 percent to 45 percent.

Scotland’s first minister and the leader of Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon said in an interview on Sunday that another referendum for independence will be held when she believes that the new referendum is able to bring independence to Scotland.

She also pointed that SNP’s manifesto for the next year’s general election will contain more details for the next referendum.   

“Our manifesto will set out what we consider are the circumstances and the timescale on which a second referendum might be appropriate, but we can only propose.” Sturgeon said.

“It’s then for people in Scotland, whether it is in this election or in future elections, to decide whether they want to vote for our manifesto and then if there is in the future another independence referendum, whether that’s in five years or 10 years or whenever, it will be down to the people of Scotland to decide whether they want to vote for independence or not,” she added.  

“So at every single stage this is something that is driven by and decided by the people of Scotland, not by politicians.”

Following her words, Cameron called Sturgeon to respect the result of last year’s vote and to consider it “decisive.”

"We all agreed, as do the Scottish public, that the independence referendum should be a 'once in a generation' or a 'once in a lifetime' event," Cameron said in remarks released by his office on Friday.

"So now it is time to move on. Some may want to obsess about separation, but I am focused on delivering devolution."

Cameron also pledged to make legal changes to give extra power to Scotland to ensure the permanence of Scotland's devolved parliament Holyrood.

"There is absolutely no doubt: Holyrood is here to stay," he said.

"We are delivering a new, accountable and permanent Scottish Parliament. Holyrood will be one of the most powerful devolved parliaments in the world,” he added.

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