Boris will cave! SNP MP predicts PM will give into Nicola Sturgeon’s referendum demand

Johnson won’t ‘stand for long’ against IndyRef2 says SNP MP

John Nicolson told Sky News that Scotland cannot be trapped in the United Kingdom against the will of the Scottish people. The SNP MP added that Boris Johnson will not stand against the demand for another referendum for long as his current position is unattainable. 

Mr Nicolson said: “I have been around politics long enough to remember when the Tories said there was no demand for devolution and that they would not allow Scottish Parliament.

“They have always been on the back foot on the issue of the constitution and Boris Johnson is again.

“If the UK is to be seen as a functioning democracy, you cannot have Scotland trapped within it against the will of the people of Scotland.

“That is not a democracy and I do not think Boris Johnson will stand against this for long.

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“I know a number of his senior Tory colleagues are saying that his current position is just not attainable.”

On Wednesday, Boris Johnson denounced the SNP’s calls for a second Scottish independence referendum during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Johnson told the SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford that he hoped that his party will abandon its narrow nationalist position.

The Prime Minister added that it would be “wonderful” if Nicola Sturgeon’s party stopped calling for another referendum while the UK is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Mr Blackford said: “Will the Prime Minister stop his half measures and join the governments in Scotland and Wales in stricter enforcement on international travel?

“That Prime Minister would be leadership.”

Mr Johnson replied: “I look forward to what the devolved administrations do.

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“I can tell the House of Commons we are putting in some of the toughest measures in the world.”

The Prime Minister added: “The British Army, I am proud to say, have been helping across Scotland to distribute the vaccines that are so essential to our fight back against the virus.

“So I hope that he will abandon his nationalist position, his narrow nationalist position and look at the achievements of the UK overall.

“It would be a wonderful thing if the SNP for a moment stopped talking about their desire for a referendum while we are trying to deal with a pandemic.”

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