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Scottish National Party promise independence referendum after election win – CNN

Sturgeon also warned that “any Westminster politician” who tries to stand in the way of a referendum is not “picking a fight with the SNP, you’re picking a fight with the democratic wishes of the Scottish people.”

The comments are likely directed at UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose permission is needed to hold a referendum in Scotland. He has so far refused a second vote, saying a 2014 referendum — in which Scots voted to remain in the United Kingdom — was a once-in-a-generation event.

“I think a referendum in the current context is irresponsible and reckless,” Johnson told the Daily Telegraph on Friday.

One of Johnson’s senior Cabinet ministers on Sunday repeatedly avoided answering the questions of how the government would handle a second independence referendum.

Asked on Sky News if the government would go to the Supreme Court if the Scottish parliament passed a bill to hold a referendum, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said “we’re not going to go there.”

Johnson has invited Sturgeon to join a UK-wide Covid recovery summit and, in a letter, said the United Kingdom was “best served when we work together.”

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