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Boris Johnson brands Nicola Sturgeon’s pleas for another referendum ‘completely irrelevant’


BORIS Johnson has branded Nicola Sturgeon’s pleas for another Scottish referendum “completely in-apposite, irrelevant, uncalled for and unnecessary.”

Instead the PM argued the Covid crisis had actually boosted the case for Scotland and England sticking together.

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He told The Sun: “The value of the Union has been massively underscored during this pandemic.

“I think most people looking at the way the UK has responded with the vaccine rollout can see the huge value of us working together as one United Kingdom.

"The UK armed forces and NHS distribution of the vaccine throughout one country has been fantastic," he added.

Asked about SNP civil war engulfing the nationalist bigwigs Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Johnson said: “I think the biggest lesson I take from all this is that it's important in these times to focus on the issues that really matter to the people of Britain.

"The more I read about other stuff, the more convinced I am that that's what we should focus on.”

The PM added: "What the electorate in Scotland want is a government that focuses on their needs for education, fighting crime, governing sensibly with sensible policies on taxation and everything else.

“I don't see that from the Scottish National Party. I don’t see that at all and I'd rather hold them to account for that."

And he said: “The idea of having a referendum now, is absolutely extraordinary.

"Or having a referendum, anytime in the foreseeable future, given what this country's just been through and what we've got to do.”

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