Scotland's Sturgeon says blocking another independence vote would be undemocratic

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon holds her first cabinet meeting at Bute House since signalling her intention to hold another independence referendum, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain, March 14, 2017. REUTERS/James Glossop/Pool

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Thursday that any attempt to block a second independence referendum would be undemocratic and evidence that Prime Minister Theresa May fears the verdict of the Scottish people.

After Sturgeon demanded a new independence referendum in late 2018 or early 2019, May said “now is not the time” for a second independence referendum.

“The Scottish government is not proposing #scotref now... but when the terms of Brexit clear and before it is too late to choose an alternative path,” Sturgeon, who heads Edinburgh’s pro-independence devolved government, said on Twitter.

Sturgeon said that if May refuses to agree to a referendum, “this would be undemocratic” and also prove that May’s Conservatives “fear the verdict of the Scottish people.”

Reporting by Elisabeth O’Leary; editing by Guy Faulconbridge