Press briefing: morning 14 April 2014
This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on Scotland and Trident, garden cities, Ukraine, anonymity and Patrick Rock.
Asked about the future of Trident in the event of Scottish independence, the PMS said that – excluding currency union – there were a range of policy areas that would need discussion in the event of independence. The government would continue to make the case for the UK staying together.
Asked about new garden cities in England, the PMS said the government was seeking expressions of interest from local authorities interested in developing new garden cities.
Asked about the situation in Ukraine, the PMS said the situation was challenging. The government and EU wanted to continue supporting Ukraine in seeking an outcome through de-escalation. The Russian authorities had an important role to play by distancing themselves from those occupying Ukrainian government buildings. The Prime Minister (PM) and Chancellor Merkel had discussed recent developments and agreed that the preparation of potential sanctions should be accelerated.
Asked about introducing anonymity for suspects charged with sexual offences, the PMS said there were no plans to change the current situation. Decisions to prosecute were for the Criminal Prosecution Service (CPS).
Asked about the investigation into Patrick Rock, the PMS said it was a matter for the National Crime Agency.