Boris Johnson praised for rejecting SNP’s indyref bid – Sturgeon told to ‘accept defeat’

The Prime Minister slapped down the Scottish National Party’s call to hold an independence vote on Tuesday, reminding the First Minister of her 2014 vow that the indyref was a “once in a generation” vote. Ms Sturgeon responded by accusing the Conservatives of being “terrified” of giving Scots a say on their future. In the 2014 referendum, voters rejected independence by 55 percent to 45 percent.

When asked, “Should Boris Johnson grant Nicola Sturgeon another independence referendum?” the overwhelming majority of Express.co.uk respondents said “no”.

Seventy-nine percent (9,576) of people said a second vote should not be held while 21 percent (2,589) said “yes”.

Just 97 people said they were unsure.

A total of 12,262 votes were cast in the poll between 11.50am and 6pm on Wednesday, January 15.

Some readers said Ms Sturgeon had become “obsessed” with the issue, particularly since her party made gains in the December 12 general election.

One reader pointed out the irony of the SNP’s position, given that Ms Sturgeon has claimed an independent Scotland could rejoin the EU after Brexit, handing back control to the bloc.  

The reader said: “The SNP elites would get to sit at the EU high table but the working class of Scotland will not.” 

And a pro-Unionist voter said when “Scottish fishermen voted to leave the EU and take Scottish fish with them” they did not have a plan to rejoin the bloc in mind.  

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“You either accept defeat or it opens the flood gates to every vote or contest being open to challenge.”

And another opponent said: “2014 was a once in a generation referendum. Leave lost so suck it up.

“The next one should be due in about 20-30 years.”

While a fourth said: “There is nothing in the rules of democracy to say that if you do not like a referendum result, you keep on screaming for a rerun!

“Sturgeon knows that and she also realises that the longer she keeps mismanaging Scotland’s economy the more trouble she will get into.”

But other readers said they believe granting a second vote so soon after the first would bring about an end to the never-ending debate.

“I wish they would love the UK and become independent,” said one reader.  “It would save the rest of the UK taxpayers a fortune!”

And a second said: “Yes, but only if she promises to resign from politics if she loses!”

Others touted alternative ideas, like offering voters in England and Wales a final say on Scottish independence.

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