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Sturgeon's warning to PM Theresa May on Scots referendum

By Katrine Bussey

Nicola Sturgeon will warn Prime Minister Theresa May that she will "shatter beyond repair" the notion that the UK is a partnership of equals if she turns down a request from the Scottish Parliament to hold a second independence referendum.

MSPs are expected to back the First Minister's call for a Section 30 order to be granted when Holyrood votes on Wednesday.

Mrs May has already said the time is not right for another ballot on independence.

Ms Sturgeon will tell the SNP spring conference in Aberdeen that if the vote is passed next week, the demand for another independence ballot will become "the will of the democratically-elected Parliament of Scotland".

She will say: "To stand in defiance of it would be for the Prime Minister to shatter beyond repair any notion of the UK as a respectful partnership of equals."

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