The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson has told Scottish nationalists that there is no point in talking “infinitely” about another referendum on independence, as it constitutes a “meaningless constitutional dispute”.
The British leader’s comments come after recent polls showed that a majority in Scotland would support independence. Two separate polls published in January showed support of between 49 and 52 per cent for Scotland to go its own way and leave Britain.
“I do not think the real thing is to talk endlessly about another referendum when I think about what the people of the country and the people of Scotland in particular want to fight this pandemic, ”Johnson said as he visited the country Thursday.
I do not see the benefit of getting lost in meaningless constitutional quarrels when, after all, we had a referendum not so long ago.
Johnson was north of the border to highlight the rapid rollout of coronavirus vaccines across the UK, but his visit was plagued by allegations that he violated UK lockdown rules banning non-essential travel.
The day before his visit, Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon questioned whether Johnson’s trip qualified as “important” under current restrictions.
On Sunday, Sturgeon laid out a new strategy to hold another referendum on the issue of independence if her Scottish Nationalist Party is returned to the Edinburgh Regional Parliament in the May 6 election.
Westminster must formally give its approval to any such referendum, although Sturgeon insists the same laws that created the disbanded Scottish Parliament give it the power to convene another independence referendum.
In 2014, Scottish voters rejected independence by 55 to 45 per cent. Johnson has said he believes the result should stand for at least a generation before considering a new referendum on the issue.
“The same people who … continue and continue with another referendum also said only a few years ago, only in 2014, that this was a once in a generation event – I tend to stick to what they said last walk,Johnson repeated Thursday.
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