PMQs: Ian Blackford dubs Boris Johnson a ‘democracy denier’

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Ian Blackford has labelled Boris Johnson a “democracy denier” after the Prime Minister formally rejected Nicola Sturgeon’s request for a second Scottish independence referendum.

Scotland’s First Minister set out what she called a “clear democratic mandate” for Indyref2 a week after the SNP won 48 of Scotland’s 59 seats in the general election.

She argued that the election result “only strengthened that mandate”.

But yesterday Mr Johnson wrote back to Ms Sturgeon and said that another poll would “continue the political stagnation that Scotland has seen for the last decade”.

Mr Blackford, who is the SNP’s Westminster leader, today told the House of Commons: “This was not a surprise. The Prime Minister is a democracy denier.

He criticised the government’s position as “undemocratic, unacceptable and completely unsustainable” and said Mr Johnson had shown “utter contempt” for Scotland’s democracy, Parliament and people.

He asked: “Does the Prime Minister accept that by ignoring Scotland, imposing Brexit with his pursuance of cruel and punishing policies, that he’s strengthening the case for Scottish independence?”

Mr Johnson hit back claiming it was instead Mr Blackford who was “the denier of democracy”.

He fired over the despatch box: “Mr Speaker, it was not only the right honourable gentleman who leads the SNP in this House, it was also Alex Salmond and his protégée Nicola Strurgeon who said at the time of the referendum that it was a ‘once in a generation’ event.

“He said, they said it, they were right then, why have they changed their mind?”

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