Tories accused of ‘blocking democracy’ after Johnson says no to second Scottish independence referendum
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has accused the Westminster Government of “blocking democracy” after Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused a second independence referendum.
Sturgeon said that the Conservatives were “terrified of Scotland’s right to choose – because they know that when given the choice we’ll choose independence”.
“Tories have no positive case for the union – so all they can do is attempt to deny democracy,” she said. “It will not stand.”
Nicola Sturgeon made a formal request last month for the UK government to transfer powers to the devolved Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh that would ensure any referendum is legal.
In a letter to the Scottish Government, Prime Minister 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 previously pledged that the 2014 referendum would be a “once in a generation” vote.
“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,” he said.
“The problem for the Tories is the longer they try to block democracy, the more they show the Westminster union is not one of equals and fuel support for independence,” Nicola Sturgeon said.
“This response predictable – but also unsustainable and self-defeating. Scotland will have the right to choose.
“The Scottish Government will set out our response and next steps before the end of this month – when we will also again ask the Scottish Parliament to back Scotland’s right to choose our own future.”