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Robert Peston details Boris Johnson masterplan to thwart Nicola Sturgeon independence plot

Robert Peston details Boris Johnson masterplan to thwart Nicola Sturgeon independence plot

5/10/2021 8:57:00 PM

Robert Peston details Boris Johnson masterplan to thwart Nicola Sturgeon independence plot

ROBERT PESTON has exposed Boris Johnson 's plot to try and halt Nicola Sturgeon 's independence referendum following the Holyrood election last week.

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Privacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.Despite the SNP being one seat short of an overall majority after the Scottish parliament elections, the final results still leave Holyrood with a pro-independence majority. Although calling for a second vote on independence, Ms Sturgeon said her focus is steering Scotland through the coronavirus crisis.

Related articlesAngela Rayner says Labour must 'deal with' anti-immigrant votersA spokesperson for the First Minister said her"immediate focus was on steering the country through Covid and into recovery, and that a newly elected Scottish government would work with the UK Government as far as possible on that aim".

But they added:"The First Minister also 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."However, ITV's political editor Robert Peston has exposed Mr Johnson's plot to delay a second Scottish independence vote.

Mr Peston said:"Boris Johnson's revealed preference is to persuade the people of Scotland of the merits of remaining within the UK, rather than exploiting the Westminster Government's 'reserve power' to veto independence.Robert Peston details Boris' plan to thwart independence

(Image: Getty)Prime Minister Boris Johnson(Image: Getty)"He wants to avoid what would be widely seen in Scotland as the tyranny of Westminster depriving the Scottish people of a voice on their future."That means a referendum in around three years is likely - which does not mean independence for Scotland is likely.”

Back in 2014, the Scottish public voted to remain part of the UK but support for independence soared during the coronavirus pandemic.However, a new Survation poll found that only 12 percent of Scots believe the incoming SNP government should prioritise another referendum in the short term.

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READ MORE: Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon(Image: Getty)TrendingThe SNP has vowed to introduce legislation for a second vote but the UK Government could challenge this in court.Mr Johnson said the priority is for the UK to come out of the pandemic and"build back better together".

He told the Downing Street press conference:"I had good conversations with all the heads of the devolved administrations and I can tell you everybody was resolved that the number one priority for the whole of the UK was to build back better, come out of the coronavirus pandemic and build back better together."

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said the SNP's demands for another vote revealed a"skewed set of priorities" while the country recovers from the pandemic. Read more: Daily Express »

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Just say NO, Boris! PM urged to refuse Nicola Sturgeon’s IndyRef2 referendum demandsBORIS Johnson should stand firm in the face of Nicola Sturgeon 's demand for a second referendum on the subject of Scottish independence, a poll of readers has indicated. indyref2 “includes a link to a potentially harmful, malicious, or phishing site”?

Michael Gove tells Nicola Sturgeon to drop focus on independenceThe Scottish Tories have called on the Lord Advocate to make clear to Nicola Sturgeon that she does not have powers to trigger a vote without Boris Johnson 's permission. Whilst Boris is a corrupt liar he's not wrong here.

Election results: Sturgeon warns PM not to block indyref2 - as SNP finishes one seat short of majorityThree election stories... 🗳 Sturgeon warns PM not to block indyref2 - as SNP misses majority by one 🗳 Rayner 'sacked as Labour chair' by Starmer 🗳 Andy Burnham open to leadership bid 'in distant future' Let the English have a vote. They are subsidising the SNP bribes. Why should the sassenachs be poorer? There is no second referendum Jesus this woman is reckless Yes there is.