Nicola Sturgeon warns Boris Johnson on Scottish independence vote

Nicola Sturgeon's party won 48 seats across Scotland in Thursday's election

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said the landslide victory the party won in the last week's United Kingdom general election offers a mandate for a new independence referendum.

The SNP took 47 out of the 59 seats in Scotland with the Tories winning only six in a defiant expression of Scottish nationalism.

Warning Mr Johnson that "Scotland can not be imprisoned in the Union against its will", she argued it would be a "perversion and subversion of democracy" for her to be denied the right to hold such a ballot.

Scottish voters had "rejected the Tories, said no to Brexit she said.it's not for me to decide that question, it's not for Boris Johnson to decide, it's for the people of Scotland".

Mr Johnson and his government have repeatedly said they will not give the go-ahead for another referendum on Scottish independence.

Ms Sturgeon added: "The risk for the Conservatives here is the more they try to block the will of the Scottish people, the more utter contempt they show for Scottish democracy, the more they will increase support for Scottish independence - which in a sense is them doing my job for me".

But none of the defectors managed to hold their seats on polling day as the party actually went backwards.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon on BBC's Andrew Marr show.

And she insisted the Tories would not be able to sustain their opposition to such a ballot.


"Actually I said this to him on Friday night on the telephone, if he thinks saying no is the end of the matter, he is going to find himself completely and utterly wrong".

'Having won 80 per cent of the seats in Scotland, that mandate to hold a referendum on Scotland's future is indisputable and must be respected by all democrats. You can not just lock us in a cupboard and turn the key and hope everything goes away.

"We had a referendum on whether or not Scotland should be separate from the United Kingdom in 2014".

Mr Robertson told the PM that 62 per cent of Scots, and every local authority area north of the border, had backed keeping Britain in the European Union in June's referendum.

The First Minister recalled that in the 1980s and 1990s, the Conservatives were "adamant there would never ever be a Scottish Parliament", but added that they "couldn't sustain that position because the will of the Scottish people was too strong and democracy ultimately was honoured".

The SNP gained 35 seats in 2017 however managed to safe 12 extra on the common election final week - a surge which has bolstered Ms Sturgeon's requires a second breakaway poll.

"Another referendum next year, as she proposes, would be incredibly divisive, it would trap Scotland in yet more constitutional uncertainty and is opposed by a clear majority of Scots".

He said: "This referendum must happen in 2020 because we've got to make sure that we vote for Independence whilst the United Kingdom is still in transition".

"This is the kind of language favoured by the wilder fringes of the nationalist movement, not a First Minister who claims to speak for the centre ground".

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