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Boris Johnson to assert IndyRef2 will not be granted even if SNP win in May

Nicola Sturgeon has 'cynical approach' to Indyref2 says expert

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The Prime Minister will assert his stance on the subject this weekend, suggesting that holding a vote during the coronavirus pandemic would be “reckless”, the Telegraph reported. He is set to issue the warning on Sunday during an address to the Scottish Conservative Party conference, one Government source told the news outlet.

The source said: “Absolutely now is not the time for a reckless independence referendum.

“We need to be pulling together.”

Another added: “We’re not having a referendum in the middle of a pandemic.”

The comments come after Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was warned independence would make Scottish people “significantly worse off”.

Secretary of State for Scotland Alister Jack issued the warning as Scottish Conservatives leader Douglas Ross pushed for motions of no confidence in Ms Sturgeon and her deputy John Swinney in relation to their response to sexual harassment allegations against Ms Sturgeon’s predecessor, Alex Salmond.

He made the remarks as he was responding to a question in the Commons by former Tory Minister Alun Cairns.

Mr Cairns asked: “Does Mr Jack agree that the benefits of the Union of four nations have really come to the fore over the last 12 months in that the strength of the UK Government’s balance sheet has meant that families, businesses and individuals in all parts of the UK have been able to benefit from the strength of that balance sheet?

“But also, that the devolved administrations have received the resources that they need also to support people in all parts of the country?”

Mr Jack responded: “Well, Mr Cairns is absolutely correct and more importantly, the majority of people in Scotland agree with him as well.

“Not only did they emphatically reject independence in 2014, but the most recent opinion polls show that they’ve realised that neither the SNP nor its leader can be trusted and that independence would make everyone in Scotland significantly worse off.”

A study carried out by the Facts4EU.org policy institute earlier this month suggested that Scottish independence could jeopardise 60 percent of exports to the rest of the UK worth in excess of £50billion.

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Michelle Ballantyne, leader of the Reform Party Scotland, who is also a member of the Scottish Parliament, told Express.co.uk: “The separatist agenda is built on nothing but falsehoods and plain old lies – now more than ever.

“Despite our economy crumbling due to 14 years of SNP mismanagement, as well as five years of lies about the dependency of Scotland on the EU market – the evidence is clear.

“Scotland’s economy is built on trade with our UK family. Will they ever come clean?

“The SNP will sacrifice everything on the altar of achieving the break-up of the UK.”

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