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Boris Johnson suggests there won’t be another Scottish independence referendum until 2055


BORIS Johnson suggested Scottish Nationalists will have to wait until 2055 to have another referendum on independence.

The PM said referendums are “not particularly jolly” — and said the time between votes on Europe in 1975 and 2016 was “a good sort of gap”.

Boris Johnson suggested Scottish Nationalists will have to wait until 2055 to have another referendum on independence

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Boris Johnson suggested Scottish Nationalists will have to wait until 2055 to have another referendum on independenceCredit: EPA
Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP is expected to make more gains in Holyrood elections this year

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Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP is expected to make more gains in Holyrood elections this yearCredit: AFP or licensors

Mr Johnson reiterated his view that a Scottish independence vote should be “once-in-a-generation”.

The last one was in 2014.

It resulted in a 55.3 per cent vote against Scotland going alone but the SNP think they would now overhaul that because of Brexit.

On Hogmanay, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Europe should “keep a light on” as Scotland will be “back soon.”

‘VIRTUALLY UNCONTESTED’

The First Minister tweeted just after the Brexit transition period formally ended at 11pm on December 31.

Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP is expected to make more gains in Holyrood elections this year.

Yesterday, ex-Labour PM Tony Blair said it is extremely difficult to challenge the SNP on independence when the party is “virtually uncontested” in Scotland.

Speaking on Times Radio, Mr Blair said: “You’ve got to look at the ways in which we make the case in articulate and sensible ways as to why Scotland is stronger and better off inside the UK.

“But I come back to the point which has nothing to do with Boris Johnson, it’s actually more to do with the Labour Party.

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Tony Blair said it is extremely difficult to challenge the SNP on independence

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Tony Blair said it is extremely difficult to challenge the SNP on independenceCredit: PA:Press Association

“How do you make the Labour Party back into a credible opposition in Scotland?

“Because while the SNP are able to govern virtually uncontested, then it’s extremely difficult to dent their position on independence.

“But that’s for us to decide as the Labour Party how we’re going to do that.”

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