What UK election means for Scotland

UK PM calls for an early election1:45

British Prime Minister Theresa May says she wants to hold an early election on June 8.

The Union Jack and the Scottish flag are seen outside the Scottish Parliament. Picture: Getty

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EXPERTS say Theresa May’s decision to call a general election in June will also be a vote for Scotland on whether it really wants independence.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has slammed the surprise decision as “one of the most extraordinary U-turns in recent political history”, and said Ms May is “once again putting the interests of her party ahead of those of the country.

Scotland's First Minister and Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon (L) and British Prime Minister Theresa May (R) are at odds over Scotland’s independence movement. Picture: AFP

Scotland’s First Minister and Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon (L) and British Prime Minister Theresa May (R) are at odds over Scotland’s independence movement. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

“She is clearly betting that the Tories can win a bigger majority in England given the utter disarray in the Labour Party,” she said. “That means that this will be — more than ever before — an election about standing up for Scotland, in the face of a right-wing, austerity-obsessed Tory government with no mandate in Scotland but which now thinks it can do whatever it wants and get away with it.”

Campaigners wave Scottish Saltires at a 'Yes' campaign rally in Glasgow, Scotland. Picture: Reuters

Campaigners wave Scottish Saltires at a ‘Yes’ campaign rally in Glasgow, Scotland. Picture: ReutersSource:Supplied

Ms Sturgeon also tweeted her thoughts on the election being called early.

“The Tories see a chance to move the UK to the right, force through a hard Brexit and impose deeper cuts. Let’s stand up for Scotland,” she said.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, right, and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Picture: AP

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, right, and Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Picture: APSource:AP

It comes as Ms Sturgeon faces backlash from Ms May over her bid to call for a second referendum on independence for Scotland. Ms May has told Ms Sturgeon “now is not the time” for another Scottish vote on breaking away from the UK.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said her party would go into the June 8 election with a clear message that a vote for the Tories would “ensure we get the strong leadership we need to get the best Brexit deal for the whole country” and would also “send a strong message that we oppose (Sturgeon’s) divisive plan for a second referendum”.

Leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson has backed Theresa May. Picture: AFP

Leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson has backed Theresa May. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

Robert Kilgour, founder of Scottish Business in the UK, told Insider that the Scottish independence move will indoubtedly play a role in the election.

“The impact on Scotland should be very interesting. She (Theresa May) is firm about her position and Nicola Sturgeon is firm about her position, so in part it will be a vote in Scotland on whether there should be a second independence referendum.”

British opposition Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn is way behind Theresa May in the polls. Picture: AFP

British opposition Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn is way behind Theresa May in the polls. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

An ICM poll carried out over the weekend put the Tories on 44 per cent against Labour’s 26 per cent and UKIP at 11 per cent.

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