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Blocking IndyRef2 would put Boris Johnson ‘in opposition to will of Scottish people’, Nicola Sturgeon says

Nicola Sturgeon has said the results of the Scottish election have delivered a mandate for an independence referendum within the next five years, and Boris Johnson will be “standing in direct opposition to the will of the Scottish people” if he tries to block it.

The Scottish National Party leader threw down the challenge to Mr Johnson in a speech accepting victory in the Holyrood election.

With only a handful of results left to be declared, the SNP looked certain to fall just short of the 65 MSPs needed to secure an overall majority in the Scottish Parliament.

But Ms Sturgeon said that, combined with the pro-independence Scottish Greens, there is now a “clear majority” of MSPs elected on a platform of delivering a referendum within this parliament.

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