Under the party’s key election pledge of “a strong and united nation”, the Tories have vowed to delay the First Minister’s bid for a Scottish independence.
Theresa May’s manifesto declared that a “divisive” Scottish referendum will not take place until after the “Brexit process has played out” – which could be a matter of years.
The manifesto said: “A strong and stable Union, with no divisive Scottish referendum at this time.”
In apparent swipe at Ms Sturgeon’s bid for independence, it continued: “The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union but some would disrupt our attempts to get the best deal for Scotland and the United Kingdom with calls for a divisive referendum that the people of Scotland do not want.
“We have been very clear that now is not the time for another referendum on independence.”
“In order for a referendum to be fair, legal and decisive, it cannot take place until the Brexit process has played out and it should not take place unless there is public consent for it to happen. This is a time to pull together, not apart.”
The manifesto reiterated Mrs May earlier rejection of Mrs Sturgeon’s bid for a independence referendum, when the Prime Minister declared it would be “unfair” for Scots to vote before Brexit as it would be too early to pass judgement on life outside the EU.
Ms Sturgeon has continued to push for a second Scottish independence vote, claiming Scotland was being forced into leaving the EU because of England.
In March the SNP leader had announced her intention to hold a second vote between autumn 2018 and spring 2019 but this was rejected by Mrs May.
At the time Ms Sturgeon said on Twitter: “The Scottish Government is not proposing a referendum now… but when the terms of Brexit are clear and before it is too late to choose an alternative path a section 30 order must be discussed and agreed now to enable that timescale.”
A petition to block another Scottish independence referendum had signatories from every constituency in Scotland and the support of over 221,500 people.