Boris Johnson dismisses new independence poll and insists the matter is 'settled'

Boris Johnson has dismissed the new poll showing massive support for independence and insisted the matter is “settled”.

Wednesday, 14th October 2020, 4:14 pm
The Prime Minister's spokesman insisted the matter was "settled"
The Prime Minister's spokesman insisted the matter was "settled"

It comes after an Ipsos MORI survey found support for Scottish independence has reached its highest ever point.

The shocking survey released today showed that 58 per cent of voters would vote Yes in a fresh independence referendum, while just 42 per cent would vote No.

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Responding to the figures, the Prime Minister’s spokesman has insisted the vote was a one-off.

The poll is a huge blow for the PM and Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross

He said: "The issue of independence was settled and Scottish people voted decisively to remain part of a strong UK.

"It was a once in a generation vote and must be respected.

"The UK Government will continue to uphold that decisive decision.”Mr Johnson’s spokesman also claimed that “the pandemic response has shown the great benefits of having a strong United Kingdom."

They added Mr Johnson was a "strong and passionate advocate of the union".

Today’s poll is a huge boost for the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, whose personal ratings were also found to be extremely high, with 72 per cent of the Scottish public saying they are satisfied with the job she is doing.

By comparison, three quarters (76 per cent) of Scots are dissatisfied with the way Boris Johnson is doing his job as Prime Minister - the lowest ratings Ipsos MORI has ever recorded for him in Scotland.

Emily Gray, Managing Director of Ipsos MORI Scotland, said: “Of course we are still a long way out from next May’s Holyrood elections, but SNP support currently looks very strong, buoyed by Nicola Sturgeon’s high satisfaction ratings among Scottish voters.

“Our poll suggests that there will be significant public pressure for the UK Government to transfer powers to the Scottish Parliament to hold a second independence referendum if the SNP win a majority at next year’s Holyrood elections.”

Commenting on the poll, SNP Deputy Leader Keith Brown said: “This is a landmark poll which shows that independence has now become the settled will of the majority of people in Scotland.

“Faced with the chaotic and incompetent government of Boris Johnson and a Westminster system which treats Scotland as an afterthought at best, more and more people are deciding that the best way forward for Scotland is as an equal, independent country.”

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