Scottish Daily Mail

We’ll hold a referendum whatever Boris says, Nationalis­t MP declares

- Daily Mail Reporter

THE Scottish Government would ‘simply go ahead with a referendum’ if Boris Johnson rejects Nicola Sturgeon’s bid for a legally binding vote, a Nationalis­t MP has said.

Richard Thomson told BBC Radio 5 Live the Scotland Act would allow a vote to take place even if the UK Government does not approve. If the Prime Minister does not grant a Section 30 order, which is needed to hold a referendum, ‘the Scottish Government has been quite clear that the other route to that is simply to go ahead with a referendum’, he added.

Nicola Sturgeon says she will seek to hold a referendum within the first half of the next parliament­ary term if she is reelected as First Minister and will press ahead through the Referendum­s Bill if the UK Government rejects her demands.

But Scottish Conservati­ve leader Douglas Ross said: ‘The SNP have put an illegal, wildcat referendum on the table as a real threat.

‘Their plan is reckless, irresponsi­ble and would have downright dangerous consequenc­es for jobs and our economy.’

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