UK PM rejects second referendum on Scottish Independence
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson formally rejected Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon request for transfer of powers necessary to hold a second referendum on Scottish Independence.
Twitter seems to be the preferred way for PMs and Presidents around the world to announce usually important decisions. Often without having first consulted their cabinets or closest advisors.
UK Tory Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not different and on twitter he announced to have written to First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, to formally reject her request for the transfer of powers necessary to hold a second referendum on Scottish Independence.
Scotland’s first minister dismissed the prime minister’s position saying it was "unsustainable and self-defeating". She argued: "The Westminster union cannot be sustained without consent. Democracy will prevail. The only question is how long it will take the Tories and the rest of the Westminster establishment to accept that inevitability."
The Scottish National party leader wrote to Johnson on 19 December to request the powers to legally hold another referendum under section 30 of the 1998 Scotland Act. At the same time she called for the Scottish parliament to be given permanent powers to hold subsequent referendums on independence from the UK in a 38-page document entitled “Scotland’s Right to Choose”.