'Democracy will prevail' says Sturgeon after Johnson refuses second Scottish referendum

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2020

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wrote to the prime minister in December, setting out what she described as the legal and political case for a second independence referendum.

Today I wrote to Nicola Sturgeon. "It is time that we all worked to bring the whole of the United Kingdom together".

But Ms Sturgeon shot back that the premier was "terrified of Scotland's right to choose", saying the refusal would only "fuel support" for independence.

He has also highlighted how in the past Nicola Sturgeon had said the vote held in 2014 would be "once in a generation".

"The UK Government will continue to uphold the democratic decision of the Scottish people and the promise that you made to them".

As things stand, a referendum can not take place without the consent of the United Kingdom government, which Johnson refuses to change.

Responding to a request from Scotland's first minister and leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon, to hold a vote later this year, Johnson said Scotland had seen a decade of "political stagnation", with schools, hospitals and jobs left behind "because of a campaign to separate the UK".

1 / The Conservatives are terrified of Scotland's right to choose - because they know that if we choose, we will choose independence.

At the last Holyrood election, the SNP's manifesto pledged to "build at least 50,000 more affordable homes" over the course of the next parliament.

Buoyed by his success in last month's UK-wide general election which saw him win a majority in Parliament, Conservative leader Johnson rebuffed Sturgeon's demands as he now looks ahead to Britain's withdrawal from the European Union - otherwise known as Brexit - on January 31.

"The question is often posed to me: "what will you do if Boris Johnson says no?"

"If the SNP end up doing very well in those elections - getting a large majority - I think it becomes very hard (for Johnson) when effectively the Scottish people have voted for a party who have said, "if you vote for us we'll demand an independence referendum", he said. "As I've said before, I will consider all reasonable options to secure Scotland's right to self-determination", Sturgeon said in December.

Environmental groups and Citizens Advice Scotland have called on ministers to double their investment in zero-carbon homes following a survey finding that 15 per cent of small businesses say they have not been able to implement measures to reduce their carbon footprint.

"The Westminster union can not be sustained without consent".

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