Nicola Sturgeon has warned Boris Johnson that the SNP has a “cast-iron” mandate to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence.
Launching her party’s general election campaign in Edinburgh, Scotland’s First Minister said she still intends to hold a second vote next year.
She said: “The SNP already has a cast-iron mandate for an independence referendum, based on our explicit manifesto pledge for the 2016 Holyrood election.
“The question must be to Boris Johnson and to Westminster: What gives you the right to block the democratic wishes of the people of Scotland?
“That is an undemocratic, untenable and unsustainable position.”
Scotland last went to the polls on the issue in 2014, when it rejected the motion to become an independent country with a majority of 55.3 per cent.
However, Brexit has been used as an argument for a second poll after Scotland voted in favour of staying in the EU with 62 per cent remain against 38 per cent leave.
Ms Sturgeon said today: “Scotland's vote to remain in the EU has been ignored.
“For the first time ever, the UK Government has chosen to legislate on devolved matters without the consent of Holyrood.”
She went on to say that a voting for the SNP on December 12 would offer a way out of withdrawing from the European Union.
“Westminster's priorities can be summed up in just three words - Brexit, Brexit, Brexit.
“A vote for the SNP, in contrast, is a vote to escape Brexit. A vote for the SNP is a vote to take Scotland's future out of the hands of Boris Johnson and a broken Westminster system."
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