The "sheer intransigence" of the British government over Brexit could lead to a second Scottish independence referendum, the head of the devolved Scottish government said on Tuesday.
Her intervention, on the eve of her speech to the Scottish Conservatives conference in Glasgow, came as new research emerged showing fewer than a third of Tory activists believe the loss of Scotland would cause serious damage to the rest of the UK.
"As I have made clear repeatedly, no decisions now taken by the Scottish Parliament will be removed from them", she said, after the SNP aired fears that London may take decisions over fisheries and farming policy - areas the government might look for compromise in European Union talks.
"They only seem to be looking at independence, whereas I think people in Scotland don't want a second referendum".
Mrs May said she is "looking very closely" at the document, adding that she intends to create a "good trade agreement that works for the whole of the United Kingdom, but crucially a trade agreement that works for Scotland as well".
Davidson reportedly added that UK Prime Minister Theresa May had a response ready if Sturgeon attempted to ask for the power to organize another referendum at the upcoming Scottish National Party spring conference slated for March 17-18.
She cited one example that concerns Scotland.
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With the Scottish Tories meeting in Glasgow, the PM will claim the "neglect and mismanagement of Scottish education has been a scandal", while pressing Sturgeon to focus on public services rather than the constitution. She used her speech to call out the SNP's "obsession with independence" before accusing them of "stoking-up endless constitutional grievance and furthering their interests at the expense of Scottish public services like the NHS and education".
'Politics is not a game and should never be treated as such.
Signalling there was now a widening gulf between the pro-UK parties over new powers for the Scottish parliament, with Scottish Labour and the Liberal Democrats calling for a federal UK, May said the original devolution arrangements were founded on membership of the EU. I wanted to make clear that strengthening and sustaining the bonds that unite us is a personal priority for me'.
May said nationalists play "politics as if it is a game", at a time when she was committed to maintaining the unity of Britain ahead of its exit from the European Union.
May said she saw no economic case for the United Kingdom to break up and dismissed Sturgeon's fears that the government in London could use Brexit as an excuse to take back powers from her government in Edinburgh.
But speaking to the BBC, May prime minister refused state whether or not she would grant permission for a second referendum on independence.
"But this Government seems to think it can do what it wants to Scotland".