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Boris Johnson to tell Scotland: vote Conservative to stop independence bid

 

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during an event launching the Conservative Party's general election campaign in Birmingham, Britain, November 6, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble

 

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson heads to Scotland on Thursday to say a Dec. 12 election victory for his Conservative Party will halt Scottish National Party (SNP) plans to hold another independence vote to break up the United Kingdom.

 

Scotland is set to be a key battleground in the general election, one where Johnson's Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn, are overshadowed in popularity by the SNP.

 

The SNP have said that Scotland should hold another independence referendum in 2020 as they seek to end 312 years of political union with England and Wales.

 

Johnson and Corbyn both have said they would deny Scotland's devolved government the power to hold another independence vote next year. Scots rejected independence 55% to 45% in 2014.

 

Launching his campaign on Wednesday, Johnson has said a vote for Corbyn risks two referendums in 2020 - a new referendum on Britain's decision to leave the EU, which is Labour's policy, and another on Scottish independence, which Labour have not said they would allow.

 

"This is a crucial election for Scotland. A vote for the Scottish Conservatives is a vote to stop a second independence referendum and to get Brexit done," Johnson said ahead of his visit.

 

"Only a vote for the Conservatives will stop the SNP's plans to break up the UK."

 

Johnson is seeking to get a majority in December's election to secure passage of his Brexit deal, which he agreed with the European Union in October.

 

But SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said that a vote for their party is a vote to reject Johnson, escape Brexit and take control over Scotland's future.

 

The SNP are Scotland's biggest party, with 35 seats in the Westminster parliament, while the Conservatives increased the number of seats they hold to 13 in the last election in 2017, from one previously.

 

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; Editing by Howard Goller)

 

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18 minutes ago, dunroaming said:

You are right not all Scots want independence but if 52% vote for it, it may well happen.  The last Scottish Referendum didn't have us at the point of leaving the EU.  This may sway enough Scots to get the vote through.  Anyway who could blame them for wanting to escape this rotten Downing Street mob.

But the Scots are sick to death of referendums, just the same as the rest of the UK, in April there was only 1 in 5 Scots that wanted another referendum before 2022.

From what I can see there is very little difference between Westminster and Holyrood when it comes to mobs.

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1 hour ago, vogie said:

The country next door said yes, the Scottish electorate said no. It is only the SNP that are hankering for another referendum, the SNP do not speak for Scotland, they speak for themselves, but try to make out that all Scots want another referendum, they do not!

Not quite a big red bus, but lies won they day in 2014 too.

 

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1 hour ago, evadgib said:

As the EU allowed UK & the UK allowed the SP & HMG have had 3x mandates to get on with Brexit I cannot really see your point RR. The only people who haven't had their say are the rest of UK's electorate.

The EU 'allowed' the UK to have a referendum? I don't recall DC asking Brussels for permission. 

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3 hours ago, Chomper Higgot said:

Was there ever a better argument for Scottish independence?!

 

and also a very good reason to stay away from Tory, if you ask me, (but you don't)

 

 

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1 hour ago, RuamRudy said:

The EU 'allowed' the UK to have a referendum? I don't recall DC asking Brussels for permission. 

As per your hypothetical #5 

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