LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday that another Scottish independence referendum did not take place for a decade, as Scotland’s leader renewed demands for a fresh vote in the aftermath of Brexit.
“In my experience, direct experience, referendums are not particularly jolly events in this country,” the prime minister told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.
“In the national mood, they don’t have a particularly unifying force, they should only be once in a generation.” Scotland voted in 2014 to be part of the United Kingdom.
The leader of the Scottish National Party, Nicola Sturgeon, called it a once-in-a-generation referendum at the moment, but now claims that the withdrawal of Britain from the European Union, rejected by a plurality of Scots, has changed the game.
Latest surveys have shown consistent support for democracy, boosted by rows over the treatment of the coronavirus pandemic between London and the devolved governments.
“Successive UK administrations have been taking Scotland in the opposite direction for too long, resulting in Brexit. No doubt so many people have had enough in Scotland,’ she wrote on her party’s website on Saturday.
In a message to the EU, she said, “We didn’t want to leave and we hope to join you again soon as an equal partner.” Johnson has ruled out another referendum, but if her party does well in future municipal elections, Sturgeon would definitely demand a majority and heap pressure on the prime minister.