in the addressed letter Nicola Sturgeonunder fire prime minister He said he had “carefully considered” her request, but insisted he could not “agree that now is the time to go back to a question that the Scots gave a clear answer to in 2014”.
Ms Sturgeon said refusing to give the Scottish Parliament the power to hold a vote could be one of Mr Johnson’s last acts as prime minister.
The letter, which Scotland’s first minister revealed on Twitter, follows a series of resignations from the Westminster government, with many Tories now calling for the prime minister to resign.
Mrs. Sturgeon insisted. “To be clear, Scotland will have the option to choose independence. I hope the referendum will take place on October 19, 2023, but if not through a general election.”
But Mr. Johnson said to him, “I have carefully considered the arguments you have put forward to transfer power from the UK Parliament to the Scottish Parliament to hold another independence referendum.
“As our country faces unprecedented challenges at home and abroad, I cannot agree that now is the time to return to the question that was clearly answered by the people of Scotland in 2014.”
Mr. Johnson continued. “Our shared priorities must be to respond effectively to the global cost of living challenge, support our NHS and public services as they recover from the massive disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic and play our leading role. International response to Russian aggression in Ukraine.
“These are common challenges across the UK that deserve our full attention.”
The letter arrives just a week later SNP: The leader officially revealed plans to hold a second vote on Scottish independence on October 19, 2023.
As well as asking that the power to hold such a vote be transferred to Holyrood, UK Supreme Court judges were also asked whether the Scottish Government could hold a consultative vote on the matter.
Ms Sturgeon also made clear that if both Westminster and the courts reject her attempts to hold another referendum, the SNP will use the next UK general election as a “de facto referendum” on Scottish independence.
Meanwhile, Labor argued that Scots were being let down by governments on both sides of the border, with constitution spokeswoman Sarah Boyack saying: the government in Westminster.
“Boris Johnson and Nicola Sturgeon are two sides of the same coin.
“Neither the Tories nor the SNP are focused on solving the cost of living crisis or rebuilding our services from the pandemic, and both are damaging the future of devolution.”
Scottish Greens MSP Gillian Mackay said the letter came as “another slap in the face to the people of Scotland, who have repeatedly sent pro-independence majorities to Holyrood and Westminster”.
“The people will not continue to be held hostage by the most unpopular prime minister in history,” he said.
“We will ensure that Scotland’s future is firmly in the hands of the people who live here.”
Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has insisted she cannot “agree” to a second referendum
SourcePrime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has insisted she cannot “agree” to a second referendum