Theresa May is getting ready to visit Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in what has been dubbed as a ‘UK Tour’.
The trips will be an attempt by the prime minister to forge Britain’s four nations together and build a consensus before she embarks on triggering Article 50 and beginning the official process of taking Britain out of the European Union, according to The Guardian.
Downing Street also plans to reach out to businesses from across the UK and respond to the Scottish government’s Brexit white paper, before triggering Article 50 in the final week of March.
But the attempt build a consensus hasn’t stopped Theresa May from attacking First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, accusing her of “constitutional game playing with the future of the UK”.
Scottish independence referendum
Theresa May’s plans to go on tour come after Nicola Sturgeon’s latest push for Scottish independence. In a speech on Monday, Sturgeon announced her plan for a second independence referendum following the government’s Brexit negotiations.
“I can confirm today that next week I will seek the authority of the Scottish parliament to agree with the UK government the details of a section 30 order – the procedure that will enable the Scottish Parliament to legislate for an independent referendum,” said Sturgeon.
Theresa May responded during her statement in the Commons on Tuesday, saying she plans to work with devolved administrations, including the Scottish government, during the Brexit negotiations. She also took the opportunity to denounce Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP.
“This is not a moment to play politics, or create uncertainty or division. It is a moment to bring our country together, to honour the will of the British people and to shape for them a brighter future and a better Britain.”
Despite the controversy over a second Scottish independence referendum, Theresa May plans to trigger Article 50 in the final week of March.
In her statement on Tuesday, Mrs May said that “Brexit remains on track and we’ll trigger Article 50.”
Adding: “I will return to this House before the end of this month to notify when I have formally triggered Article 50 and begun the process through which the United Kingdom will leave the European Union.”