PM Theresa May doesn’t know what she’s doing on Brexit - Alex Salmond to RT (VIDEO)
Speaking exclusively to RT’s Going Underground program, the ex-first minister of Scotland said he expected another independence referendum within “roughly two years,” as May is incapable of keeping Britain in the single market.
“Theresa May’s attitude is, ‘Look, I’m not going to tell you what my negotiating position is,’” Salmond said during the interview, which will be broadcast tomorrow on RT UK. “’I’ve got some clever wheeze up my sleeve, but I’m not giving a running commentary.’
“In fact, a successful negotiation is exactly the opposite. A successful negotiation knows where you want to get to and then says as much as possible in the short term about how you’re trying to get there.
“She’s doing exactly the opposite, and the reason is not a position of strength, the reason is she doesn’t know what the end destination is or is not going to be, as she has no agreement in the cabinet about that, which is why she keeps scolding her recalcitrant ministers.”
From his own party’s leader and incumbent Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, Salmond expects much better.
“Nicola Sturgeon has the advantage, she knows her destination. I would expect Nicola Sturgeon to fulfill her mandate to keep Scotland within the single market place, I would expect her to give Theresa May the opportunity to embed Scotland within the negotiations to enable that to happen,” he continued.
“And I fully expect, my reading of the situation is, the UK will not be flexible or wise enough to do that, and therefore I expect there’ll be a Scottish referendum in roughly two years’ time.”
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Nicola Sturgeon herself launched a bid for a fresh independence referendum earlier this month. She called the Tories “reckless, irresponsible” and “absolutely disgraceful” for failing to explain their Brexit plans.
In what the SNP leader called the party’s “biggest ever political listening exercise,” Sturgeon tried to convince Scottish voters to support a referendum after the nation’s position in the European Union was left uncertain. Unlike England and Wales, Scotland voted predominantly to stay within the EU in the Brexit referendum, but its wishes were silenced by different results across Britain.