Scottish independence: Johnson rejects Sturgeon’s indyref2 demand

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Boris Johnson has deserted a ask from Nicola Sturgeon

The UK supervision has rigourously deserted a call from Scotland’s initial apportion for a second autonomy referendum.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson pronounced a referendum would “continue a domestic recession Scotland has seen for a past decade”.

And he pronounced First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had formerly affianced that a 2014 referendum would be a “once in a generation” vote.

Ms Sturgeon tweeted that a Tories were attempting to “deny democracy”.

She pronounced Mr Johnson’s grave refusal of her ask for a referendum to be reason after this year was “predictable though also unsustainable and self defeating”, and insisted that “Scotland will have a right to choose”.

The initial apportion also pronounced a Scottish supervision would set out a response and “next steps” before a finish of a month, and that a devolved Scottish Parliament would again be asked to “back Scotland’s right to select a possess future”.

Scottish electorate corroborated remaining in a UK by 55% to 45% in a referendum in 2014.

Ms Sturgeon says she wants to reason another opinion on independence, and made a grave ask final month for a UK supervision to send powers – famous as a Section 30 sequence – to a Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh that would safeguard any referendum is legal.

The ask came after Ms Sturgeon’s SNP, that forms a Scottish government, won 48 of a 59 seats in Scotland in a UK ubiquitous election.

In his written response to Ms Sturgeon, a primary apportion pronounced he had “carefully deliberate and noted” her arguments.

But he said: “You and your prototype (Alex Salmond) done a personal guarantee that a 2014 autonomy referendum was a “once in a generation” vote.

“The people of Scotland voted decisively on that guarantee to keep a United Kingdom together, a outcome that both a Scottish and UK governments committed to honour in a Edinburgh Agreement.”

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A vast pro-independence impetus was reason in Glasgow during a weekend

Mr Johnson pronounced a UK supervision would “continue to defend a approved preference of a Scottish people and a guarantee we done to them”.

And he pronounced he did not wish to see Scotland’s schools, hospitals and practice “again left behind since of a debate to apart a UK”.

The primary apportion added: “For that reason, we can't determine to any ask for a send of energy that would lead to serve autonomy referendums”.

The grave rejecting comes days after a UK government’s Scottish secretary, Alister Jack, pronounced another feat in subsequent year’s Scottish Parliament choosing would still not give a SNP a charge to reason a referendum.

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Ms Sturgeon has formerly warned that a “flat no” from Mr Johnson to her ask would “not be a finish of a matter”.

But she has done transparent that she will not reason an unaccepted referendum identical to a doubtful one in Catalonia in 2017, arguing that it would not indeed broach autonomy as a outcome would not be recognized by a EU or wider general community.

The initial apportion said: “The Tories are shocked of Scotland carrying a right to select a possess future. They know that given a choice a strenuous odds is that people will select a certain choice of independence.

“The Tories – and their allies in a leaderships of Labour and a Lib Dems – miss any certain box for a union, so all they can do is try to retard democracy.

“It shows complete disregard for a votes, views and interests of a people of Scotland and it is a plan that is cursed to failure.”


The awaiting of an autonomy referendum on Nicola Sturgeon’s elite calendar – a second half of 2020 – now looks really remote.

The initial apportion is assured that Mr Johnson’s refusal will assistance make a box for autonomy in a longer term, though for now her options are limited.

In a initial instance, she is formulation another opinion during Holyrood to underline a subsidy of MSPs for a new referendum. With a SNP and Greens holding a infancy between them, this is certain to pass – though this has happened before, to small avail.

She has not ruled out going to court, though this would frequency accelerate matters – inherent lawyers have warned that “there are no authorised brief cuts” around a domestic battlefield.

So a subsequent transparent event to mangle a deadlock might be a 2021 Holyrood elections. Ms Sturgeon clearly has one eye on that check already, articulate about a Tories being on a “road behind to domestic oblivion”.

Between now and then, another year of inherent stand-off beckons.


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