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No 2nd vote on Scottish independence: Cameron

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British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the nation outside 10 Downing Street in London on May 8, 2015, a day after the British general election. (AFP)

British Prime Minister David Cameron has dismissed the possibility of another referendum on Scottish independence, saying Scots had once rejected a breakaway from the UK.

“There isn't going to be another referendum. We had the referendum and the SNP (Scottish National Party) aren't pushing for another referendum actually,” Cameron said in an interview with Channel 4 News on Sunday.

Referring to the last year’s independence vote, Cameron said, "Scotland voted emphatically to stay in the United Kingdom.”

In the referendum, held on September 18, 2014, Scots voted 55-45 percent to preserve the 307-year-old political union with England.

Following the vote, the British government announced the formation of a commission tasked with overseeing the process to take forward the devolution commitments on further powers for the Scottish parliament.

“Now what we need to do is bring the United Kingdom together. We are going to do that by … delivering the devolution settlement in Scotland, keeping all the pledges that were made,” the UK premier said.

Scottish First Minister and Leader of the Scottish National Party, Nicola Sturgeon (C) poses for photographs in front of the Forth Bridge in Queensferry, west of Edinburgh, Scotland on May 9, 2015. (AFP)

The remarks came despite a huge rise in support for the SNP in the 2015 UK general elections, in which the pro-independence party won 56 out of the nation's 59 seats.

The Conservatives, led by Cameron, also secured 331 seats in the UK's 650-seat parliament, allowing them to govern without the need for a coalition or agreement with other parties.


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