Boris Johnson slaps down Nicola Sturgeon’s fresh Scottish independence push


NICOLA Sturgeon’s fresh independence plot was torn to shreds last night as Boris Johnson threw her demands for “democracy” right back at her. 

Scotland’s First Minister said she had an “indisputable mandate” for another referendum and told the PM to “be a democrat” and grant one.

Nicola Sturgeon announced a fresh independence push today
Scotland’s First Minister said she had an “indisputable mandate”

Launching her new Indy campaign, she said a “decisive majority” of MSPs now supported leaving the UK. 

But Mr Johnson told HER to be a democrat and respect the outcome of the No vote just eight years ago.

He slapped her down: “I think the decision was taken by the Scottish people only a few years ago, in recent memory. I think we should respect that.” 

Westminster must give its blessing to any new ballot with a Section 30 order, although Ms Sturgeon has threatened to contest this.



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Mr Johnson last night told her to stick to the day job of doing things that actually matter to people like helping with the cost of living crisis.

Scots voted 55 per cent to 45 per cent to stay in the UK in 2012 after Alex Salmond’s Independence blueprint unravelled.

Yesterday Ms Sturgeon admitted that becoming independent “doesn’t magically guarantee success”.

Speaking at Bute House in Edinburgh she said: “What it does do is put the levers that determine success into your own hands.”

In an independence document she said Scotland’s economy could match that of Norway or Switzerland – but could not say when.

Nat leaders were also left red-faced after being forced to accept Ms Sturgeon’s one-hour speech containing “no significant policy commitments”. 

But that did not stop SNP MP Carol Monaghan whining that “BBC1 is showing Homes Under the Hammer” rather than the FM’s pitch.

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