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The Conservative party in Scotland has rejected the government’s decision to hold another independence referendum in the aftermath of the UK’s Brexit vote.

At first minister’s questions in the Scottish parliament on Thursday, Ruth Davidson, Tory party leader in Scotland, said: “The Scottish Conservatives reject the proposals set out by the first minister on Monday”.

Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister, announced plans to hold a new vote after independence was rejected by voters in 2014. The vote will be held from autumn 2018 to the spring of 2019 as the UK negotiates its exit terms.

Ms Davidson added:

A referendum cannot happen when the people of Scotland have not been given the opportunity to see how our new relationship with the European Union is working and it should not take place when there is no clear political or public consent for it to happen.

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