February 8, 2017 / 12:29 AM / 8 months ago

May anticipates call for Scottish independence referendum - report

New British Prime Minister Theresa May meeting First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon at Bute House in Edinburgh, Scotland, July 15, 2016. REUTERS/James Glossop

(Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May is developing a secret strategy in the belief that Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is two weeks away from demanding a second referendum on Scottish independence, The Courier newspaper in Dundee, Scotland reported on Tuesday.

May’s aides and the Conservative Party are laying the groundwork for talks with Scottish National Party ministers over a second constitutional vote, the newspaper reported.

A 2014 referendum on Scottish independence resulted in a victory for the “no” campaign.

Reporting by Rama Venkat Raman in Bengaluru

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