US News Scottish Independence: Boris Johnson formally rejects indyref2 demand from Nicola Sturgeon

14:00  14 january  2020
14:00  14 january  2020 Source:   scotsman.com

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Image caption Boris Johnson has not yet formally responded to Ms Sturgeon 's request but has previously indicated the answer will be "no". The prime minister will give "careful consideration" to Nicola Sturgeon 's request to be handed the powers to hold a second independence referendum

UK government formally rejects calls from Scotland 's first minister for a second independence referendum to be held this year. PM Boris Johnson said a referendum would "continue the political stagnation Scotland has seen for the past decade". And he said First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had

Boris Johnson, Nicola Sturgeon looking at a person in a suit and tie © Provided by The Scotsman Boris Johnson has today formally rejected Nicola Sturgeon's demand for a Scottish independence referendum.

But the SNP leader branded the Tories "terrified of Scotland's right to choose" as she warned their opposition will not stand.

Mr Johnson has written to the Scottish First Minister today stating that both Ms Sturgeon and her predecessor Alex Salmond had pledged that the 2014 referendum would be "once in a generation." event.

"The people of Scotland voted decisively on that promise to keep our United Kingdom together, a result which both the Scottish and UK Governments committed to respect in the Edinburgh Agreement," the Prime Minister stated.

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Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie © Provided by The Scotsman "The UK Government will continue to to uphold the democratic decision of the Scottish people and the promise that you made to them. I cannot agree to any request for a transfer of power that would lead to further independence referendums."

Ms Sturgeon made the request for a transfer of power, via a so-called Section 30 order, which would allow Holyrood to stage a second referendum in the aftermath of the SNP's election landslide victory north of the border last month. The First Minister had also demanded that power to stage referendums be permanently transferred to Holyrood.

But Mr Johnson's letter adds: "Another independence referendum would continue the political stagnation that Scotland has seen for the last decade, with Scottish schools, hospitals and jobs again left behind because of a campaign to separate the UK.

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Scotland ’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon , has cautioned British Prime Minister Boris Johnson against trying to block a second Scotland ’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon , has cautioned British Prime Scotland held an independence referendum in 2014, but the motion was rejected by voters.

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"It is time that we all worked to bring the whole of the United Kingdom together and unleash the potential of this great country."

But Ms Sturgeon insisted that the UK Government's position will not hold.

“The Tories are terrified of Scotland having the right to choose our own future," a spokesman said.

"They know that given the choice the overwhelming likelihood is that people will choose the positive option of independence. The Tories – and their allies in the leaderships of Labour and the Lib Dems – lack any positive case for the Union, so all they can do is try to block democracy. It shows utter contempt for the votes, views and interests of the people of Scotland and it is a strategy that is doomed to failure."

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PM Boris Johnson has rejected SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon ’s request for a second Scottish independence referendum, claiming it “would continue the political stagnation that Scotland has seen for the last decade."

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced plans for a second Scottish independence referendum in a key speech in Edinburgh on Monday. It comes as Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to formally launch Brexit negotiations.

"The problem for the UK government is that the longer they try to block a referendum, the more they demonstrate that the Westminster union is not a partnership of equals and the more support for independence will grow. It will also mean for the Tories that the loss of half of their seats suffered at the recent general election – fought by them on the sole issue of opposition to an independence referendum – will be only the start of their road back to political oblivion in Scotland."

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But Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie insisted that support for independence is no higher than it was in 2014.

He added: "The Scottish Liberal Democrats are on the side of the majority of people in Scotland do not want another independence referendum.

“What this country needs is a government that is focused on delivering excellent public services and a federal UK that ensures that power is shared across the whole of the country.”

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