Nicola Sturgeon warns Boris Johnson he cannot ‘lock Scotland in a cupboard’ as ministers insist they will NOT grant permission for another independence referendum
- Nicola Sturgeon has repeated her demand for fresh Scottish independence vote
- SNP leader warned that Boris Johnson cannot ‘lock us in a cupboard’ by denying
- Michael Gove has categorically ruled out government agreeing to referendum
The SNP leader teed up a pitch battle for the future of the UK claiming the PM will be ‘subverting democracy’ by refusing a ballot.
Despite the Tories securing a massive majority in the election, Ms Sturgeon said she won north of the border and had a mandate for another bid to split the union.
But asked if the Wesminster government would grant approval for a referendum – needed for it to be legally binding – Cabinet minister Michael Gove said bluntly: ‘No.’
The dramatic election last week saw the SNP increased its share of the vote in Scotland to 45 per cent.
The party also increased its number of MPs at Westminster to 47.
Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show today, Ms Sturgeon claimed that by blocking a fresh independence referendum the Tories were ‘raging against reality’
In contrast, the Tories – whose campaign in Scotland was focused on opposition to a second independence referendum – lost seven MPs, with numbers falling from 13 to six.
In the wake of his UK-wide triumph, Mr Johnson telephoned Ms Sturgeon to make ‘clear he remained opposed to a second independence referendum’.
Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show today, Ms Sturgeon claimed that by blocking such a ballot the Tories were ‘raging against reality’.
She said ‘Scotland had chosen a very different kind of future to the one chosen by much of the rest of the UK’.
The First Minister, who has already made clear her desire to hold a fresh independence vote in the second half of 2020, said she was going to ‘pursue the plan I won a mandate for’.
Ms Sturgeon, speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, added: ‘I think that’s the democratic thing to do.’ She confirmed that she will ‘set out this week the detailed, democratic, case for the transfer of power’ to Holyrood to allow for a legal referendum to take place.
She insisted the Tories would not be able to sustain their opposition to such a ballot.
Ms Sturgeon recalled that in the 1980s and 1990s, the Conservatives were ‘adamant there would never ever be a Scottish Parliament’, but added that they ‘couldn’t sustain that position because the will of the Scottish people was too strong and democracy ultimately was honoured’.
Speaking about Mr Johnson, she said: ‘If he thinks – and I said this to him on Friday night on the telephone – that saying no is the end of the matter, he is going to find himself completely and utterly wrong.
In the wake of his UK-wide triumph, Boris Johnson (pictured in Downing Street on Friday) telephoned Ms Sturgeon to say he ‘remained opposed to a second independence referendum’
‘It’s a fundamental point of democracy, you cannot hold Scotland in the Union against its will. You cannot just lock us in a cupboard and turn the key and hope that everything goes away.
‘If the United Kingdom is to continue, it can only be by consent and if Boris Johnson is confident in the case for the Union he should be confident enough to make that case and allow people to decide.’
Ms Sturgeon stated: ‘Scotland cannot be imprisoned in the United Kingdom against its will.
‘The Tories might rage against the reality of what happened on Thursday for a while, I fully expect that they will, but ultimately they are going to have to face up to and confront that reality because of the will of the Scottish people cannot be ignored, that is just the simple fact of the matter.’