Johnson’s no will help indy cause says First Minister
NICOLA Sturgeon said there will be another referendum on independence, despite Boris Johnson refusing the request for powers to hold one.
The Prime Minister sent a letter to Ms Sturgeon responding to the First Minister’s request for a Section 30 Order necessary to hold a referendum.
In the letter Mr Johnson said he would not be granting the powers as the 2014 was promised to be a once in a generation vote and the people of Scotland made their decision.
Ms Sturgeon however, said it was the response she anticipated but that it was not sustainable and would only increase support for independence.
Mr Johnson told the First Minister the 2014 vote was promised by her and then First Minister, Alex Salmond, to be a “once in a generation vote”.
He said: “The people of Scotland voted decisively on that promise to keep our United Kingdom together.”
He added both Scottish and UK Governments agreed to abide by the result in the Edinburgh agreement.
Ms Sturgeon had said she wanted the Section 30 powers transferred to The Scottish Parliament to hold a referendum this year.
She has said that the United Kingdom that people voted to remain within no longer exists as staying in the European Union was a key argument of the No campaign.
Now that Scotland is to be taken out of the EU despite an overwhelming vote to remain the people deserve the right to decide again if they wish to remain in the UK.
Ms Sturgeon said the Tories were “terrified” of a vote because she said they know Scotland will vote for independence.
She said: “She said that the refusal will increase people’s determination for Scotland to decide whether it wants to remain in the UK or become independence.
The First Minister added: “It is not politically sustainable for any Westminster government to stand in the way of the right of the people of Scotland to decide their own future and to seek to block the clear democratic mandate for an independence referendum.”
She added: “The longer they try to block a referendum, the more they demonstrate that the Westminster union is not a partnership of equals and the more support for independence will grow.
“As well as being unsustainable, the position set out today by the UK government is also an entirely self-defeating one.”
Ms Sturgeon said the Scottish Government would set out its official response later this month, adding: “One thing, though, is clear, the people of Scotland will get the right to decide our own future in an independence referendum.”
Meanwhile, Labour said the refusal will not settle the issue.
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard, said: “I have long argued that the future of Scotland will be won and lost in Scotland, and not on the banks of the river Thames.
“Boris Johnson’s decision to block a second independence referendum in perpetuity does not change this. And it is spectacular naively to think this will close the issue down.
“It will only inflame the debate, as Boris Johnson’s history of demagoguery and division shows he is well practised in doing.”
Nicola Sturgeon said the Tories were ‘terrified’ of a vote