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The Telegraph

Boris Johnson: No second Scottish independence referendum until 2055

A second Scottish independence referendum should not be staged until at least 2055, Boris Johnson said as he doubled down on his stance that it was a “once-in-a-generation” vote. The Prime Minister said the time difference between referendums on Europe – the first in 1975 and the second in 2016 – was “a good sort of gap”. The Scottish independence referendum was staged in September 2014, and a similar 41-year gap would mean a rerun being delayed until 2055.

Mr Johnson argued that referendums should not be staged more regularly as they were “not particularly jolly events” and have a divisive impact.

He also noted that Nicola Sturgeon had promised that the 2014 referendum would be a “once-in-a-generation event”, only to change her mind after the separatists lost.

Keith Brown, the SNP’s depute leader, accused the Prime Minister of the “same old incoherent bluster” and warned that “he can’t keep on denying democracy”.

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