/SNPs Blackford shamed as a democracy denier in IndyRef2 row – Once in generation!

SNPs Blackford shamed as a democracy denier in IndyRef2 row – Once in generation!

‘s Westminster leader Ian Blackford was shut down after accusing Prime Minister of being a “democracy denier” after refusing Scotland permission to hold a second independence referendum. The Prime Minister pointed out Mr Blackford, as well as SNP former leader Alex Salmond and current First Minister , had themselves claimed the vote on independence would be a “once in a generation opportunity.” Taking a stand during PMQs, Mr Johnson hit back against the claim: “It wasn’t just Alex Salmond but his protege Nicola Sturgeon who said at the time of the referendum that it was a once in a generation event.

“He said it, they said it, they were right then, why did they change their minds? He is the denier of democracy.”

Mr Johnson later took aim at the SNP’s governing record after Mr Blackford once again requested a new independence referendum be allowed to take place in Scotland.

The Prime Minister continued: “Scotland under the SNP is the highest-taxed part of the UK. The deficit is six times the UK average. Maths and science in schools are actually going down in the rankings unlike any other part of the United Kingdom.

“That is not the fault of the pupils of Scotland, it’s the fault of the SNP Government who are not giving them the chances they deserve because they are focused on breaking up the union. Change the record.”

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SNP’s Ian Blackford was shut down after calling Johnson a “democracy denier” (Image: PARLIAMENT TV)

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Boris Johnson pointed out Sturgeon and Salmond insisted the vote was a “once in a generation” chance (Image: PARLIAMENT TV)

Mr Blackrford said: “The Prime Minister sent a letter to the First Minister of Scotland rejecting the democratic right of the people of Scotland to have a say over their own future.

“This was not a surprise – the Prime Minister is a democracy denier.”

The SNP Westminster leader continued: “Can I say to the Prime Minister, as his colleagues privately admit, this position is undemocratic, unacceptable and completely unsustainable. The Prime Minister has shown utter contempt for Scottish democracy, for Scotland’s Parliament and for Scotland’s people.

“Does the Prime Minister accept that by ignoring Scotland, imposing Brexit with his pursuit of cruel and punishing policies, he is strengthening the case for Scottish independence?”

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Blackford claimed Johnson’s rejection “strengthens” the demand for Scotland’s independence (Image: PARLIAMENT TV)

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon saw her demands for a new independence referendum rejected earlier this week after the Prime Minister responded to a letter requesting a new vote in the negative.

Support for a second referendum has fluctuated since the Brexit referendum in 2016, during which 62 percent of Scottish voters backed Remain against 38 percent voting to leave.

Ms Sturgeon petitioned Mr Johnson to allow the people of Scotland to vote one final time before Brexit because of the significant changes the nation will face outside the European Union.

However, in a decisive move, the Prime Minister formally rejected the bid, putting his foot down on the issue.

In a copy of the correspondence to the First Minister posted on Twitter, Mr Johnson told Ms Sturgeon “you and your predecessor made a personal promise that the 2014 Independence Referendum was a ‘once in a generation’ vote.”


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Support for Scottish independence has fluctuated since the Brexit referendum (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

The Prime Minister said he could not agree to “any request for a transfer of power that would lead to further independence referendums.”

He went on to state that another referendum could “continue the political stagnation Scotland has seen for the past decade.”

Mr Johnson said in his letter: “It is time that we all worked to bring the whole of the United Kingdom together and unleash the potential of this great country.”

But Ms Sturgeon hit back describing the refusal as a position which was “unsustainable and self-defeating”

She said: “While today’s response is not surprising – indeed we anticipated it – it will not stand.

“It is not politically sustainable for any Westminster government to stand in the way of the right of the people of Scotland to decide their own future and to seek to block the clear democratic mandate for an independence referendum.”

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