British Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied this Tuesday the request of the head of the Scottish Government, Nicola Sturgeon, on theto hold a new independence referendumfrom United Kingdom, claiming that Scotland already voted in 2014 and decided to reject the separation.
"I cannot accept any request for transfer of powers that leads to more independence referendums," Johnson said in a letter to Sturgeon. The head of the British Executive thus responded to the formal request that Sturgeon made at the end of last month (after the general elections of December 12) in which he required London to transfer to the Scottish Parliament the necessary powers to organize a consultation this year.
Johnson said that after considering the Scottish Government's request "thoroughly," he concluded that the region already held a referendum five years ago. He said that then Sturgeon, who was "number two" of the Scottish Government and his predecessor, former prime minister Alex Salmond, made the "personal promise" that the consultation would settle the issue for "at least one generation".
In the plebiscite 55% voted to remain in the United Kingdom versus 44% who supported independence. "The UK Government will continue to defend the democratic decision of the Scottish people and the promise you made to them. For that reason, I cannot accept any request for transfer of power that leads to more independence referendums," Johnson said.
The Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP), which leads Sturgeon, believes that the exit of the European Union, which will take place on January 31 and against which Scotland ruled mostly, changes the circumstances in which it was voted in 2014 and highlights the need to reconvene a referendum.
In addition, Sturgeon argues that the result of the last general elections in which the SNP was the most voted party in Scotland – got 48 of the 59 seats reserved to the region in the Westminster Parliament – it supports their demand.
Instead, the Johnson Government has stressed that a return to the polls "would continue with the political stalemate that Scotland has seen in the last decade, with Scottish schools, hospitals and jobs again abandoned due to a campaign to separate from the United Kingdom. "
The London permit is essential to activate the call Section 30 of the order that would transfer to the Scottish Parliament the necessary powers to legislate on a legal and binding consultation, such as the one pursued by the regional executive.
Sturgeon responded on Twitter that conservatives "are terrified" of the possibility that Scotland has "the right to choose."
"They know that when we are given the option, we will choose independence. Conservatives do not have a positive argument for (defending) the union, so all they can do is try to deny democracy, which cannot be sustained, "he said, adding that such a maneuver" drives support for independence. "