EDINBURGH, March 16 A second independence
referendum should be decided by the Scottish people, not
determined by British Prime Minister Theresa May, a source at
the Scottish National Party (SNP) leading the devolved
government said on Thursday.
The comments came after May told the Scottish government
"now is not the time" for another referendum, saying it would be
unfair for people to vote without knowing the conclusion of
The SNP source said: "This should be a referendum made in
Scotland, with no conditions set by a (Conservative) prime
minister. We have a very clear mandate beyond any doubt on
Earlier this week, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
said she would seek to hold a referendum in late 2018 or early
2019, when the terms of Britain's exit from the European Union
become clear but before Britain has left the EU.
Scotland voted to stay in the EU in last June's referendum
while Britain as a whole voted to leave.
(Reporting by Elisabeth O'Leary; Editing by Stephen Addison)