British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Scotland on Thursday to try to stem growing support for a new independence referendum by arguing that the COVID-19 pandemic had shown the benefits of staying together.
The bonds that tie England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland together in a $3 trillion economy have been severely strained by both Brexit and Johnson’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
Opinion surveys indicate that a majority of Scots would now favour breaking apart the 314-year-old union between England and Scotland.
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📣 @NicolaSturgeon: “In May, I’m going to seek the authority of the Scottish people for a legal referendum – and if they give me that authority, that’s what I will do to give people the right to choose.” #Marr
🏴 Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands, not Boris Johnson’s. pic.twitter.com/9PIpYVTkEr
— The SNP (@theSNP) January 24, 2021
Today’s front page as the PM arrives in Scotland: Sorry Boris, ‘Saving the Union’ is not essential. And you’re far too late anyway… pic.twitter.com/bQO1LNlrFL
— The National (@ScotNational) January 28, 2021