Boris Johnson says NO to Scottish independence referendum

Boris Johnson accused Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP of overseeing a ‘lost decade’ in Scotland while chasing the dream of independence today, as he rejected her calls for a new referendum.  

The Prime Minister told the Cabinet this morning that he had an ‘optimistic vision’ for Scotland within the UK.

He received ‘full support’ for a letter he sent to Ms Sturgeon, insisting he will not authorise another vote north of the border.

In the message he said all sides had agreed to ‘respect’ the 2014 result and it was a ‘once in a generation’ decision. 

After the meeting with senior ministers his official spokesman told reporters: ‘The Prime Minister said this government has an optimistic vision for Scotland and our whole country in 2020, investing in levelling up in every part of the UK.

‘He said we do not want the 2020s in Scotland to repeat the SNP’s previous lost decade when Scottish schools, hospitals and jobs were left behind because of their campaign to separate the United Kingdom.’

After the letter was sent, Ms Sturgeon shot back that the premier was ‘terrified of Scotland’s right to choose’, saying the refusal would only ‘fuel support’ for independence.  

The response came despite Nicola Sturgeon demanding that she be allowed to hold a referendum on splitting up the UK

The response came despite Nicola Sturgeon demanding that she be allowed to hold a referendum on splitting up the UK

The response came despite Nicola Sturgeon demanding that she be allowed to hold a referendum on splitting up the UK

In a letter to the SNP leader, the PM insisted he will not authorise another vote north of the border

In a letter to the SNP leader, the PM insisted he will not authorise another vote north of the border

In a letter to the SNP leader, the PM insisted he will not authorise another vote north of the border

Ms Sturgeon shot back that the premier was 'terrified of Scotland's right to choose', saying the refusal would only 'fuel support' for independence

Ms Sturgeon shot back that the premier was 'terrified of Scotland's right to choose', saying the refusal would only 'fuel support' for independence

Ms Sturgeon shot back that the premier was ‘terrified of Scotland’s right to choose’, saying the refusal would only ‘fuel support’ for independence

The spat came after Ms Sturgeon demanded that she be allowed to hold a referendum on splitting up the UK.

The First Minister claims that her party’s strong showing in the general election proved that she has a mandate to put the question again. 

‘I cannot agree to any request for a transfer of power that would lead to further independence referendums,’ Mr Johnson wrote. 

Mr Johnson said he had ‘carefully considered’ the case she had made for powers to be transferred to Holyrood that would allow it to hold a vote on Scotland’s future. 

But he said both she and her predecessor Alex Salmond had made a ‘personal promise’ that the referendum in 2014 was a ‘once in generation’ event. 

The PM said: ‘The UK Government will continue to uphold the democratic decision of the Scottish people and the promise that you made to them. 

‘For that reason I cannot agree to any request for a transfer of power that would lead to further independence referendums.’ 

Mr Johnson said: ‘Another independence referendum would continue the political stagnation that Scotland has seen for the last decade, with Scottish schools, hospitals and jobs again left behind because of a campaign to separate the UK. 

‘It is time that we all worked to bring the whole of the United Kingdom together and unleash the potential of this great country.’ 

Mr Johnson (pictured on BBC Breakfast today) said all sides had agreed to 'respect' the 2014 result and it was a 'once in a generation' decision

Mr Johnson (pictured on BBC Breakfast today) said all sides had agreed to 'respect' the 2014 result and it was a 'once in a generation' decision

Mr Johnson (pictured on BBC Breakfast today) said all sides had agreed to ‘respect’ the 2014 result and it was a ‘once in a generation’ decision

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