Boris Johnson refuses to grant Scotland powers to hold vote for independence

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Boris Johnson has written to Nicola Sturgeon to formally reject her request for the transfer of powers necessary to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence.

Scotland’s first minister immediately dismissed the prime minister’s position as “unsustainable and self-defeating”, insisting: “The Westminster union cannot be sustained without consent. Democracy will prevail. The only question is how long it will take the Tories and the rest of the Westminster establishment to accept that inevitability.”

The Scottish National party leader wrote to Johnson on 19 December to request the powers to legally stage another referendum under section 30 of the 1998 Scotland Act, at the same time calling for the Scottish parliament to be given permanent powers to hold subsequent referendums on independence from the UK in a 38-page document entitled “Scotland’s Right to Choose”.

Johnson stated categorically that he “cannot agree to any request for a transfer of power that would lead to any further independence referendums”, appearing to rule out another vote even if there is a pro-independence majority in next year’s Holyrood elections. Despite Westminster’s chaotic handling of Brexit and Johnson’s unpopularity among Scottish voters, the anticipated long-term boost to support for independence has not materialised, with polls showing support averaging at around 48%.

 
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I would agree to a second referendum in 5 years time on one condition.....


...the condition being is that if the vote is remain, the Scottish Parliament is dissolved and the Shires of Scotland just become Counties of England.
 
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I would agree to a second referendum in 5 years time on one condition.....


...the condition being is that if the vote is remain, the Scottish Parliament is dissolved and the Shires of Scotland just become Counties of England.
I would put it the other way. If it's successful the counties of England would dissolve representatives and become Shires of Scotland.

What?

English people wouldn't want that?

Huh. Fancy that.
 
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Boris Johnson has written to Nicola Sturgeon to formally reject her request for the transfer of powers necessary to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence.

Scotland’s first minister immediately dismissed the prime minister’s position as “unsustainable and self-defeating”, insisting: “The Westminster union cannot be sustained without consent. Democracy will prevail. The only question is how long it will take the Tories and the rest of the Westminster establishment to accept that inevitability.”

The Scottish National party leader wrote to Johnson on 19 December to request the powers to legally stage another referendum under section 30 of the 1998 Scotland Act, at the same time calling for the Scottish parliament to be given permanent powers to hold subsequent referendums on independence from the UK in a 38-page document entitled “Scotland’s Right to Choose”.

Johnson stated categorically that he “cannot agree to any request for a transfer of power that would lead to any further independence referendums”, appearing to rule out another vote even if there is a pro-independence majority in next year’s Holyrood elections. Despite Westminster’s chaotic handling of Brexit and Johnson’s unpopularity among Scottish voters, the anticipated long-term boost to support for independence has not materialised, with polls showing support averaging at around 48%.

So?

Just take over government buildings by force; raise own flag; declare yourself People's Republic of Scotland; and ask for military support from Russia.

What?

Worked for Crimea, and Donbass, and Transnistria, and my own old homeland, Abkhazia...

:D
 
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