Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon insists on new vote
A new Scottish independence referendum may not happen until the next generation, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday, while the Scottish leader called for a new Brexit vote
“I know from experience that referendums in our country are not much fun,” Johnson said, speaking to the BBC program. – They are not a noticeable unifying force in the national mood and should not be held more than once in a generation.”
In 2014, Scotland voted to remain part of the United Kingdom.
Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon then spoke of it as a once-in-a-generation vote, but now argues that Britain’s exit from the EU, which most Scots voted against, was a game-changer.
Recent polls have shown consistent support for independence, bolstered by arguments between London and the devolved governments about fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
“For too long successive UK governments have led Scotland in the wrong direction, culminating in Brexit. No wonder so many people in Scotland decided: enough is enough,” Sturgeon said in a statement posted on her party’s website Saturday.
“We did not want to withdraw, and we hope to rejoin you as an equal partner soon,” she added, referring to the EU.
Johnson ruled out a new referendum, but Sturgeon is likely to invoke the mandate she has and press the prime minister if her party performs well in the upcoming local elections.
Asked why it is fair to have a referendum on EU membership but not another referendum on Scottish independence, Johnson said:
“The difference is that we had a (European) referendum and we had another one in 2016. It seems to be the right gap.”