Brexit: No economic case for breaking up United Kingdom, says British PM Theresa May

There is no economic case for breaking up the United Kingdom, British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday, in a speech attacking Scottish nationalists for being "obsessed" with independence.

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Brexit. Reuters

British Prime Minister Theresa May. Reuters

Since last year's Brexit vote, Scottish National Party leader and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has repeatedly said she could push for a new independence referendum if the country is forced into a clean break with the bloc.

"The economic case for the union has never been stronger," May told her Conservative Party's Scottish conference in Glasgow. "There is no economic case for breaking up the United Kingdom, or of loosening the ties which bind us together."

May also said that no decisions currently taken by the Scottish parliament will be removed from it when Britain leaves the EU.

Britain will trigger the legal process for leaving the European Union by the end of March, Brexit minister David Davis said on Friday.

"Are we going to trigger Article 50 by the end of the month? Yes," Davis told a news conference in Bratislava after meeting Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico.

Updated Date: Mar 03, 2017 18:47 PM

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