British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday that the government would not trigger Article 50, the formal trigger of divorce talks with the European Union, until a “U.K. approach” had been agreed, Reuters reports. May, speaking after a meeting with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who has been looking at ways to keep Scotland in the bloc, said she wanted to get the best deal for the whole country.
“I’m willing to listen to options and I’ve been very clear with the first minister today that I want the Scottish government to be fully engaged in our discussions,” May told broadcasters. “I have already said that I won’t be triggering Article 50 until I think that we have a U.K. approach and objectives for negotiations – I think it is important that we establish that before we trigger Article 50.”
For her part, Sturgeon said on Friday it would be inconceivable for the United Kingdom to block a second independence referendum if the devolved parliament in Edinburgh voted for it. “I think it would be inconceivable for any Prime Minister to seek to stand in the way of a referendum if that’s what the Scottish parliament voted for,” Sturgeon told broadcasters after meeting May.
Sturgeon wants Scotland to stay in the EU, and Scots as a whole voted to stay in the bloc in Britain’s June 23 referendum.