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International News
UK PM rejects Scottish call for new independence referendum
 
London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday rejected a request by Scotland's devolved government for powers to hold another referendum on independence.

In a letter to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the leader of the Scottish National Party, Johnson noted that a previous referendum held in 2014 had been billed as a "once in a generation" vote.

Scots voted then by 55 percent to 45 percent against breaking away from the rest of the United Kingdom, and Johnson said Edinburgh had agreed to abide by that decision.

"The UK government will continue to uphold the democratic decision of the Scottish people and the promise that you made to them," he wrote.

"For that reason, I cannot agree to any request for a transfer of power that would lead to further independence referendums."

Sturgeon wants Scotland to have another referendum in 2020, and last month asked London to transfer the powers to the Scottish Parliament needed to make this happen.

She argues that the Brexit referendum in 2016 is a justification for allowing Scots to vote again on secession from the UK.

Across the whole United Kingdom, 52 percent voted for the UK to leave the European Union but within Scotland, 62 percent wanted Britain to stay in the EU.

The UK will leave the bloc on January 31.

"Tories are terrified of Scotland's right to choose -- because they know that when given the choice we'll choose independence," Sturgeon said of Johnson's Conservative and Unionist Party.

"Tories have no positive case for the union -- so all they can do is attempt to deny democracy. It will not stand.

"This response is predictable -- but also unsustainable and self defeating. Scotland will have the right to choose."

Sturgeon said the Scottish government would set out its response and next steps before the end of the month, and would again ask the Scottish Parliament "to back Scotland's right to choose our own future".


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