British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday ruled out a call for a Scottish independence referendum by saying "now is not the time" for another vote.
May said a repeat of the 2014 referendum was not appropriate because the country was already going through a huge change in terms of Brexit, and that Scottish people needed a fuller picture before taking any decision on the future, reported the Independent.
In 2014, the people of Scotland voted in favour of remaining part of Britain in what was described as a "once in a generation" vote among Scots.
Her move to block another vote for now creates an intense political stand-off with SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, who will next week ask Scottish MSPs to approve her plans for a second referendum, according to the report.
May told ITV News: "My message is very clear. Now is not the time. I've explained the reasons why. "We should be working to get the right deal for Scotland and the UK with our future partnership with the European Union. "It would be unfair to the people of Scotland at the moment that they would be asked to make a crucial decision without the information they need to make that decision," she said. IANS