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SNP Rejects Claim David Cameron Could Block Second Independence Referendum

28/07/2015 17:08 BST | Updated 28/07/2015 17:59 BST
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A member of public flies a giant Scottish Saltire flag outside the Houses of Parliament shortly before Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon posed with newly-elected Scottish National Party (SNP) MPs during a photocall in London on May 11, 2015. The SNP won a landslide in Scotland in the May 7 general election, destroying the Labour party north of the border in a historic leap forward which could increase pressure for a fresh referendum on independence. The nationalists won 56 of 59 parliamentary seats in Scotland up from just six at the last vote in 2010. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The SNP has rebutted claims David Cameron could block a second independence referendum.

Days after the Prime Minister said he did not "see the need" for another nationwide poll on Scottish independence, SNP officials issued a stinging response, saying they were adamant an impending vote could still be on the cards.

“The timing of any future referendum is a matter for the people of Scotland to decide — and not for a Tory prime minister to dictate," a party spokesperson claimed.

Cameron prompted an angry response from Scottish nationalist MPs after he insisted a "decisive" result had been delivered last year.

"There can't be a referendum, and there certainly can't be independence for Scotland, unless a majority of people in Scotland clearly want that," he said during a trip to Singapore on Monday.

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The Prime Minister made his comments while on a trip to Singapore

"It will be my ultimate decision, in line with the democratic decision-making processes of the SNP, to determine whether or not there is a commitment to a second referendum in the SNP manifesto for the Scottish election.

"And in due course we will take that decision and take that decision based on what we consider to be in the best interests of the country."

Despite powers to call a vote on the break up of the union lying with Westminster, Alex Salmond said a second referendum was "inevitable", despite having described last year's poll as a "once in a generation" opportunity.

His comments followed parliamentary colleague Margaret Ferrier, SNP MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, who quizzed the secretary of state for Scotland over contingency plans to hold "a further referendum on Scottish independence".

Scottish secretary David Mundell said that "given a clear majority of Scots voted No" there were no plans for a second vote.

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