Johnson again rejects Scotland’s “undisputed mandate” to hold a new referendum


The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has rejected this Monday the new demands of the Scottish Government to hold a new independence referendum from 2023, after the Chief Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has once again recalled the “indisputable mandate “available to them to carry out said consultation.

“Democracy must prevail, and will prevail,” Sturgeon stressed during a conference of the Scottish National Party (SNP) held this Monday via videoconference in which he appealed to the “spirit of cooperation” of Downing Street, since “people in Scotland has the right to make that decision. “

“The experience of the pandemic and its subsequent challenges, which we now face, reinforce my view that this is the right path to follow. So in that spirit of cooperation, I hope the Scottish and UK governments can come to a agreement, as we did in 2014, “said Sturgeon.

“Until recently, no one seriously questioned the right of people in Scotland to choose whether or not they wanted independence. Frankly, it is not for a Westminster Government, which has only six MPs in Scotland, to decide our future without the consent of the people. people who live here, “he said.

Among the reasons Sturgeon has given for going ahead with the independence consultation is London’s decision to go ahead with Brexit, one of the “conservative obsessions” that is causing great “damage” to Scotland.

“Westminster will use all that damage it has inflicted as an argument for more control. By making us poorer, they will say that we cannot afford to be independent. By cutting off our trade with the EU, they will say that we are too dependent on the rest of the UK. “, he has theorized.

“By reducing our workforce, they will say that the country is aging too fast. They want us to believe that we are powerless in the face of the disastrous decisions they have made for us and the damage those decisions are causing. They want us to look inward, not inward. outside “, has denounced.

However, the British Government has not been slow to rule out such a possibility and has denied any move in that direction when Sturgeon had not yet even finished his closing speech at the SNP conference.

“This is simply not the time,” the Prime Minister’s Spokesman rejected during a meeting with the press in Downing Street, in which it was insisted that the fight against the pandemic and its economic consequences are the current priorities of the Government of London .

“The Scots have made it clear that they want the Government of the United Kingdom and decentralized governments to work together to defeat the pandemic, that is our priority,” he has settled, according to the newspaper ‘The Scotsman’.

Last May, SNP won the Scottish legislative elections for the fourth time in a row, although on the verge of achieving an absolute majority that could be provided by Los Verdes, the other nationalist force in Parliament.

Last week, a poll published by Sky News predicted a narrow victory in favor of the independence movement, which would obtain 51 percent of the votes, while another published by the newspaper ‘Scotsman’ placed the detractors of the secession around a 52 percent.

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