Uk News Nicola Sturgeon tells Boris Johnson indyref2 is a 'matter of when, not if' United Kingdom news
PremierLeague-News.Com - During a phone call with the Prime Minister, she said she intended to offer the people of Scotland a vote once the Covid crisis is over.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Nicola Sturgeon has told Boris Johnson that a second referendum on Scottish independence is “a matter of when, not if” after the SNP won a fourth consecutive term in power at Holyrood.During a phone call with the Prime Minister, she told him it was her intention to offer the people of Scotland a choice on their future in the UK once the Covid crisis is over.The two leaders spoke after the SNP recorded an emphatic electoral victory, falling short of a majority by one seat after the Conservatives held onto several key constituencies.News and analysis, direct from Westminster to your inboxEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.The election of eight Scottish Green MSPs means there will be a pro-independence majority for another five years, allowing the SNP to push through a Referendum Bill. Read More Scottish independence: After the post-election scramble, Boris Johnson’s mantra will be ‘not now’ Ms Sturgeon said on Sunday this could be introduced as early as next spring, but only if the UK has Covid under control and is recovering economically by that point.A spokeswoman for the First Minister said that during a phone call with Mr Johnson, she had “re-iterated her intention to ensure that the people of Scotland can choose our own future when the crisis is over, and made clear that the question of a referendum is now a matter of when – not if.”Ms Sturgeon also told the Prime Minister that her “immediate focus” was on steering the nation through the Covid pandemic and into a recovery and that she would work with the UK Government “as far as possible” on this aim.Speaking earlier, she said Scotland had voted “overwhelmingly” for her party, which put a commitment to holding indyref2 after the Covid pandemic in its manifesto.Calling for the UK Government to respect the outcome of the election, she said it would be “absurd and completely outrageous” if it tried to block such a vote through the courts.Asked if legislation could be brought at Holyrood as early as next spring, she told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “That would certainly work for that timescale of within the first half of the parliamentary term.“I desperately hope those predictions [of coronavirus recovery] are correct, but we have to judge that as we go through this year.
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.”Mr Johnson has repeatedly said that he will not give Scotland permission to hold another vote on its future in the UK while he is Prime Minister.But the SNP has said it will push ahead with a Referendum Bill anyway, daring him to issue a legal challenge which would be likely to end up in the Supreme Court.Ms Sturgeon said a court battle would be “such a grave and serious and undemocratic situation that I don’t believe, on either side, anybody wants it to get to that point”.She added that she did not think it would ever come to a court case, adding that the UK Government’s refusal to grant another vote was a “fundamental issue of democracy”.Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove disputed that the SNP had a cast-iron mandate for a referendum and claimed Scots were not “agitating” for another vote.He said the “significant difference” between this SNP victory and the one in 2011 that led to the first referendum was that the party had not won a majority.He also appeared to suggest that the UK Government would not seek to block a Referendum Bill in the courts, but a source later clarified that it would take legal action.“UK Government lawyers will of course look at any piece of legislation passed by Holyrood, in the usual way, to ensure it’s within competence and constitutional,” they said.“But we’re not focused on a debate about court cases or illegal referendums. We’re interested in working together to recover from this pandemic.”
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