Appearing on Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday, the cabinet minister said that SNP the demand for another independence vote has revealed a ‘skewed set of priorities’ as the UK focuses on the COVID-19[feminine[feminine recovery.
Prime Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon said it would be “absurd and utterly scandalous” for the UK government to go to court to block a second referendum, for which the SNP has pledged to introduce legislation.
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She told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: ‘For this to end up in court, which I never wanted to see, would mean that a Conservative government refused to respect the democratic wishes of the Scottish people and the outcome of ‘a democratic election and attempted to take the Supreme Court to overthrow Scottish democracy. ”
Ms Sturgeon said the SNP had not yet taken a legal opinion on holding another referendum but would not “rule out” that legislation lands in the Scottish Parliament early next year.
Although the party fell from a seat below the overall majority in the Scottish parliamentary elections, the separatist parties will hold the majority of seats in Holyrood.
Following the results, Ms Sturgeon said that a second vote on independence “is the will of the country”.
Asked if the UK government would seek to block a second border ballot in court, Mr Gove told Ridge: ‘No, we’re not even going yet. “
He added, “To start speculating on this type of legislation or this type of court hearing and everything else, it’s just a massive distraction.
“I am not interested in going down this impasse. “
Asked whether there are circumstances under which the Prime Minister would accept a second vote on Scottish independence, Mr Gove replied: ‘This is not a problem at the moment.
“Of course the people of Scotland, as we saw in the 2014 referendum, have this right, but it is absolutely important that we now focus on the issues we face. “
The Scots voted 55% to 45% against independence in a referendum in 2014.
Mr Gove said the UK and Scottish governments should ‘focus on the things that unite us’ rather than ‘constitutional wrangling’ in a second vote.
“If we get caught up in a conversation about referendums, constitutions and everything in between then we are distracting from the issues that are most important to people in Scotland and across the UK,” he added. .
“Instead of focusing on the things that divide, let’s focus on the things that unite and focus on all of us to work together to serve the people who just voted for us. “
Responding to the SNP’s wish to hold a second referendum, Mr Gove said it was “a slightly biased set of priorities to imagine that this is the most important issue” in light of the pandemic recovery.
M. Johnson a called a summit with heads of decentralized administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, saying the UK is ‘best served when we work together’.
The Prime Minister wrote to Ms Sturgeon and the Premier of Wales, Mark Drakeford, inviting them to discussions to ‘discuss our common challenges’ with the aim of working together in what he called’ Team UK “.
The Prime Minister will send a similar letter to the First and Deputy Prime Ministers of Northern Ireland.
Ms Sturgeon said the people of Scotland ‘must have the right to decide their own future when the COVID crisis has passed’, describing it as a ‘matter of fundamental democratic principle’.
She added that the timing for another independence referendum “should be a matter for the Scottish Parliament” and “is not a decision for Boris Johnson or a Westminster politician”.