British PM Theresa May is committed to engaging with Scotland on Brexit: Spokesman

British Prime Minister Theresa May, carries a document folder on her way to make a statement to the House of Commons regarding the European Union council, as she leaves 10 Downing Street, London on March 14, 2017.
British Prime Minister Theresa May, carries a document folder on her way to make a statement to the House of Commons regarding the European Union council, as she leaves 10 Downing Street, London on March 14, 2017.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

LONDON (REUTERS) - British Prime Minister Theresa May is committed to engaging with the Scottish government on Brexit plans, her spokesman said on Tuesday (March 14), a day after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called for a new independence referendum.

"We have made clear our commitment to engage the Scottish government throughout that process and that commitment remains," the spokesman told reporters.

May's spokesman also said the prime minister had told her top team of ministers earlier on Tuesday that while leaving the European Union is a big project, they must also press on with plans for economic and social reform in Britain.

He also said that May would not attend an EU summit in Rome on March 25, the 60th anniversary of the treaty that laid the bloc's foundation.