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British PM Theresa May travels to Scotland on first trip

  • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May attends a reception for the Police Bravery Awards in Downing Street, London, Thursday July 14, 2016. Theresa May is filling more Cabinet posts Thursday as she assembles a government that includes prominent anti-EU figures in key international roles. (Andrew Parsons/PA via AP)

    Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May attends a reception for the Police Bravery Awards in Downing Street, London, Thursday July 14, 2016. Theresa May is filling more Cabinet posts Thursday as she assembles a government that includes prominent anti-EU figures in key international roles. (Andrew Parsons/PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May, left, meets with First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon at Bute House in Edinburgh, Scotland, Friday July 15, 2016, with Scottish saltire flags behind.  Prior to the meeting, May said "This visit to Scotland is my first as prime minister and I'm coming here to show my commitment to preserving this special union that has endured for centuries." (Pool via AP)

    Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May, left, meets with First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon at Bute House in Edinburgh, Scotland, Friday July 15, 2016, with Scottish saltire flags behind. Prior to the meeting, May said "This visit to Scotland is my first as prime minister and I'm coming here to show my commitment to preserving this special union that has endured for centuries." (Pool via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, left, is greeted by Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at Bute House in Edinburgh, Scotland, Friday July 15, 2016.  Theresa May traveled to Scotland on her first official trip as prime minister to sooth fears in Scotland about the impact of Britain leaving the European Union. (Andrew Milligan / PA via AP)

    Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, left, is greeted by Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at Bute House in Edinburgh, Scotland, Friday July 15, 2016. Theresa May traveled to Scotland on her first official trip as prime minister to sooth fears in Scotland about the impact of Britain leaving the European Union. (Andrew Milligan / PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Theresa May is traveling to Scotland on her first official trip as prime minister to try to sooth fears in Scotland about the impact of Britain leaving the European Union.

She will meet with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon later Friday in a bid to convince Sturgeon there's no need to consider another Scottish independence referendum.

Sturgeon said after the Brexit vote that a second independence referendum is highly likely because Scottish voters want to be part of the 28-nation EU. She leads the pro-independence Scottish National Party.

May said before the trip the government wants to reassure Scottish voters. She says "I believe with all my heart in the United Kingdom — the precious bond between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland."

Scots rejected independence in a 2014 vote.