Andrea Leadsom, a candidate to succeed UK Prime Minister Theresa May, said on Tuesday she would fight Scotland's second referendum but could not rule it out, Reuters has reported.
Scotland rejected independence from the rest of the UK in a 2014 referendum, but nationalists continue to press for a second vote, following a majority of Scots opting to remain in the EU in the 2016 ‘Brexit’ referendum.
"In fact, all these issues will be put forward for negotiation ... I do not think there should be another independence referendum in Scotland," she added. "On the other hand, I am a big believer in devolution and so ... I am not going to stand here and utterly rule it out because I think that is disrespectful, but I would very strongly fight against a second referendum." Leadsom said.
The government has repeatedly said it considers the matter to be over and that the referendum in 2014 should not be repeated.