News | Published September 27 2019

Prime minister refuses second Scottish independence referendum

Prime minister Boris Johnson has ruled out a second referendum for Scottish independence in an interview with the BBC.

Johnson promised to "compensate for the grave inadequacies" of Holyrood, paying particular attention to the SNPs stance on education and healthcare.

He also rejected SNP claims that they have the mandate to call a second independence referendum.

The prime minister promised that he would provide measures to allow for “a much stronger Scottish economy", regardless of the outcome of either a deal or no-deal Brexit.

He announced that the SNP “have the highest taxes anywhere in the UK. They are not doing a good job on health; they are not doing a good job on education.”

He continued stating that he hoped that the “Scottish Conservatives get the credit they deserve for the hundreds of millions of extra funding that we're putting into Scottish agriculture, which was secured, not by Nicola Sturgeon, but by Scottish Conservatives."

Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the SNP, tweeted “I feel disgust watching Johnson. Untrustworthy, craven, not a shred of concern for the consequences of his words or actions. Unfit for office in every sense.”

Sajid Javid, the chancellor of the exchequer, promised an additional £1.2 billion in early September, with £160 million specifically for farmers to resolve debates surrounding Common Agricultural Policy payments.

On the subject of the referendum, the prime minister said "We had an independence referendum in 2014 and we made an explicit promise to the people of Scotland that this was going to be a once-in-a-generation event.”

The deputy leader of the SNP, Keith Brown, announced “Support for independence and for an independence referendum is growing, and a win for the SNP in the coming election will demonstrate that."

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Alice Jaspars
Culture Editor
September 27 2019

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