British Prime Minister Boris Johnson today rejected any possibility of a new referendum on independence in Scotland, even if the Scottish National Party (SNP) obtains an absolute majority in the Regional Parliament.
In an interview with The Telegraph newspaper, the Prime Minister said, in response to a question about whether he would accept a new consultation after the referendum in 2014, “I think that the referendum in the current context is irresponsible and reckless.” Scots voted to remain in the United Kingdom.
The Scottish National Party, led by Scottish Prime Minister Nicolas Sturgeon, remains the leader in the (regional) parliamentary elections in Edinburgh held on Thursday, having won 39 of the 48 seats so far.
According to the count, the SNP did not lose a place and won three others – two previously attributed to the Conservatives and one to the Labor Party – although, according to Spanish news agency Efe, analysts are of the view that it is unlikely to reach an absolute majority, which is what He said. With the support of the Green Party.
Johnson acknowledged following the results “closely” in Scotland, but added that, in his view, the Scottish National Party had moved away from the idea of a new referendum.
“I don’t think this is the time for more constitutional disputes,” he told the Telegraph. “He is talking about tearing our country apart, while what people want is to reform our economy and rebuild together.”
Declining to reveal how he would respond if Sturgeon decided to promote unilateral consultation, he said, “This is not the issue now. I don’t think that’s what these times call for.”
Despite the words of the British Prime Minister, the Scottish National Party “second man” John Sweeney told the BBC today that everything indicates that his party will be the main party in Holyrood (the seat of the regional legislative branch) and that your decisions.
Johnson is not the feudal lord of Scotland. He is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. And if the Scottish Parliament is elected by a majority of Parliament members committed to the referendum, this must be respected.
The counting of votes continues to form the House of Representatives with 129 seats.