UK News Sturgeon brands Gove’s indyref2 comments ‘sneering, arrogant condescension’
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The “sneering, arrogant condescension” by Michael Gove in comments about another referendum are strengthening support for Scottish independence, Nicola Sturgeon has said.
The UK Cabinet Office minister has said he “can’t see” Boris Johnson agreeing to another vote before the next general election, adding it is “reckless” to discuss the issue while the country is still recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.
But Scotland’s First Minister said the argument that the nations of the United Kingdom are equals “completely disintegrates” if the UK Government refuses to allow another vote on independence.
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Speaking to the PA news agency, Ms Sturgeon said: “Every time we hear that kind of sneering, arrogant condescension from Michael Gove – or whatever UK Government minister it may be – completely refusing to accept Scottish democracy actually the more they just build support for independence.
“If we can’t even have a UK Government that respects the choices we make democratically, which – in an election just a matter of weeks ago – was an overwhelming victory for the SNP on the manifesto commitment to have the choice of independence, not to force independence on people but to give people the choice at the right moment after we’re out of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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“If that can’t even be respected, then the idea that the UK is a partnership of equals just completely disintegrates.”
Mr Gove – who is responsible for countering the push for independence – said the Prime Minister will be completely focused on recovery from the pandemic “for the lifetime of this Parliament”.
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Under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, the next general election is not due until May 2024 – although Mr Johnson is committed to repealing the Act which could allow him to go to the country before then.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Mr Gove was challenged on whether there is “any circumstance” in which Mr Johnson would approve a referendum before a May 2024 election.
Mr Gove responded: “I don’t think so.”
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Asked whether his position is that “there will be no referendum before the 2024 election”, he replied: “I can’t see it.”
After pro-independence parties won a majority in the Scottish Parliament in May, Ms Sturgeon said it is “a matter of when, not if” there will be a second referendum.
Mr Gove said: “The Prime Minister is completely focused on making sure that, for the lifetime of this Parliament, we increase economic opportunity, we provide people with the chance to make more of their lives, take control of their futures.
“And that’s quite rightly what the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom’s focus should be.
“It seems to me to be at best reckless, at worst folly, to try to move the conversation on to constitutional division when people expect us to be working together in order to deal with these challenges.”
Gove says IndyRef2 will not happen before next general election .
The Cabinet Office minister said Boris Johnson wanted instead to focus on recovery from the pandemic and economic opportunity. 'It's foolish to talk about a referendum now,' he added.The Cabinet Office minister said Boris Johnson wanted instead to focus on recovery from the pandemic and economic opportunity. ‘It’s foolish to talk about a referendum now,’ he added.