Lynton Crosby urged PM to call SNP’s bluff and approve indyref2 before Brexit – Telegraph.co.uk

Lynton Crosby urged PM to call SNP’s bluff and approve indyref2 before Brexit – Telegraph.co.uk

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Theresa May is said to have been urged by her senior adviser to call Nicola Sturgeon’s bluff over a second independence referendum and approve a new vote before Brexit is complete.

A leaked memo prepared by Sir Lynton Crosby apparently shows that he told the party to “harness the uncertainty caused by Brexit and use it to secure support for the status quo”.

The revelation comes as Ms Sturgeon prepares to drop her preferred timetable for a new vote on breaking-up Britain in favour of a push for a soft Brexit. According to reports, she will tell MSPs this week that she will let her call for a vote before the spring of 2019 to slip, but keep the option of indyref2 on the table.

The First Minister announced in March that she wanted a vote on Scotland’s place in the UK between the autumn of next year and early 2019 after Mrs May confirmed that the UK would be leaving the European single market.

According to The Times, Sir Lynton wrote a memo to senior figures in Conservative Campaign Headquarters the following day suggesting that the Prime Minister should agree to a referendum before the end of Brexit negotiations.

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