Image copyright Reuters/PA Media Image caption Boris Johnson has rejected the request from Nicola Sturgeon The UK government has formally rejected a call from Scotland’s first minister for a second independence referendum.Prime Minister Boris Johnson said a referendum would “continue the political stagnation Scotland has seen for the past decade”. And he said First Minister…

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Boris Johnson has rejected the inquire from Nicola Sturgeon

The UK authorities has formally rejected a name from Scotland’s first minister for a 2d independence referendum.

High Minister Boris Johnson acknowledged a referendum would “proceed the political stagnation Scotland has viewed for the past decade”.

And he acknowledged First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had previously pledged that the 2014 referendum would be a “as soon as in a generation” vote.

Ms Sturgeon tweeted that the Tories were making an strive to “jabber democracy”.

She acknowledged Mr Johnson’s formal refusal of her inquire became as soon as “predictable but moreover unsustainable and self defeating”, and insisted that “Scotland can absorb the qualified to opt”.

And she acknowledged the Scottish authorities would situation out its response and “next steps” sooner than the cease of the month, and that the devolved Scottish Parliament would yet again be requested to “motivate Scotland’s qualified to opt our absorb future”.

Ms Sturgeon has acknowledged she needs to withhold a referendum later this year, and made a proper inquire final month for the UK authorities to switch powers – identified as a Part 30 give an explanation for – to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh that will be obvious any referendum is qualified.

The inquire got right here after Ms Sturgeon’s SNP, which forms the Scottish authorities, won 48 of the 59 seats in Scotland in the UK overall election.

In his written response to Ms Sturgeon, the pinnacle minister acknowledged he had “in moderation regarded as and renowned” her arguments.

But he acknowledged: “You and your predecessor (Alex Salmond) made a deepest promise that the 2014 independence referendum became as soon as a “as soon as in a generation” vote.

“The of us of Scotland voted decisively on that promise to place our United Kingdom collectively, a end result which both the Scottish and UK governments dedicated to appreciate in the Edinburgh Settlement.”

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A large pro-independence march became as soon as held in Glasgow on the weekend

Mr Johnson acknowledged the UK authorities would “proceed to uphold the democratic decision of the Scottish of us and the promise you made to them”.

He added: “For that motive, I will not agree to any inquire for a switch of vitality that will lead to further independence referendums”.

Ms Sturgeon has previously warned that a “flat no” from Mr Johnson to her inquire would “now not be the cease of the matter”.

But she has made sure that she’s going to now not withhold an unofficial referendum resembling the disputed one in Catalonia in 2017, arguing that it would perchance now not basically ship independence because the cease end result would now not be recognised by the EU or wider global community.

The most fundamental minister acknowledged “The Tories are unnerved of Scotland having the qualified to opt our absorb future. They know that given the replacement the overwhelming likelihood is that folk will opt the advantageous option of independence.

“The Tories – and their allies in the leaderships of Labour and the Lib Dems – lack any advantageous case for the union, so all they can cease is strive and block democracy.

“It presentations inform contempt for the votes, views and interests of the of us of Scotland and it is far a model that is doomed to failure.”


The chance of an independence referendum on Nicola Sturgeon’s most unique timetable – the 2d half of of 2020 – now appears to be like very far-off.

The most fundamental minister is assured that Mr Johnson’s refusal will help make the case for independence in the longer term, but for now her choices are restricted.

Within the first event, she is planning one more vote at Holyrood to underline the backing of MSPs for a brand unique referendum. With the SNP and Greens conserving a majority between them, right here is clear to cross – but this has took procedure sooner than, to small avail.

She has now not dominated out going to court, but this would possibly perchance perchance infrequently flee up matters – constitutional lawyers absorb warned that “there need to now not any qualified short cuts” around the political battlefield.

So the following sure replacement to spoil the deadlock would possibly perchance moreover very effectively be the 2021 Holyrood elections. Ms Sturgeon clearly has one watch on that poll already, talking about the Tories being on a “road motivate to political oblivion”.

Between now after which, one more year of constitutional stalemate beckons.


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