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Cameron/Sturgeon face-off over powers

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 01:51

Nicola Sturgeon has demanded even more powers for Scotland as she met with UK prime minister, David Cameron. As Katie Gregory reports, her party's election victory has pushed a potential break-up of Britain right back to the top of the political agenda.

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With hand outstretched and a pointed stare from Nicola Sturgeon - this was a clash of political Titans. David Cameron was meeting the SNP Leader for the first time since her party's sweeping election victory in Scotland ... with many contentious issues to discuss. He's promised to hand Scotland more powers to set income tax rates and influence welfare spending. That's not enough for Sturgeon - who wants greater fiscal autonomy. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SCOTTISH FIRST MINISTER, NICOLA STURGEON, SAYING; "We're a world apart politically, but we both have a duty to try and work together to respect the views of those who elect us. So I respect that he won the election, I didn't want him to win the election, but he did." The Prime Minister says he'll look at any proposals...but measures taken so far - are enough. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, DAVID CAMERON, SAYING; "Let's be clear about what this does. It gives massive tax and spending powers to the Scottish parliament. So if Scotland wants to take a different path and for instance, raise more taxes and spend more money it will be able to." There's also the issue of Britain exiting the EU. If that was to happen - Scotland wants to separate itself and stay in the Union - possibly by having its own section on the referendum form. That's all too tricky - says Raoul Ruparal from Open Europe. SOUNDBITE (English) OPEN EUROPE, HEAD OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH, RAOUL RUPAREL, SAYING: "I think the best they can hope for is getting some reassessment after the result of the referendum is in. But at the moment given where the polls are, it's looking more likely for the UK to stay in. Maybe it will never come to that." On top of this - there's still looming doubt over another referendum. A possible second independence vote in Scotland... Nicola Sturgeon and David Cameron say it's off the cards ... but for how long? At the moment Scotland has more sway in Westminster than ever before - and it's very clear the First Minister is willing to throw her weight around.

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Cameron/Sturgeon face-off over powers

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 01:51