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John Curtice warns Boris Johnson to ‘accept the consequences’ of Brexit for independence

John Curtice says UK must ‘accept consequences of actions’

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Sir John told the BBC that the UK going through Brexit has strengthened the case for another public vote in Scotland as the UK decided to leave the European Union after the first 2014 referendum on Scottish independence. The polling guru added that the Conservative Party’s decision to pursue Brexit undermined the legitimacy of the union.

Sir John said: “You can reasonably argue that it was only seven years ago since we had the last referendum.

“The trouble is that Brexit happened in that interim and it is perfectly clear from the polling evidence that the pursuit of Brexit has undermined support for the union.

“Indeed it has fundamentally changed the choice that Scotland now faces.

“Scotland now faces a choice between does it want to be part of a relatively small internal market but one that engages in fiscal transfers or does it want to be part of a bigger single market that so far has only engaged in a small amount of fiscal transfers.

“That is a very different strategic choice than the one that was put to voters back in 2014.

“I think having pursued Brexit as a political party you do have to access the consequences of your actions, which has been to undermine the legitimacy of the union.”

However, On Monday, ITV’s Susanna Reid slammed the SNP’s Ian Blackford after he claimed the party’s Holyrood election victory was a mandate for a second referendum on Scottish independence.

The SNP won their fourth consecutive Scottish Parliamentary election, falling just one seat short of an overall majority in Holyrood.

IndyRef2: Susanna Reid grills Ian Blackford

The Good Morning Britain host pointed to the fact the Conservative Party and the Welsh Labour Party also saw success in the May elections, highlighting the support for the current Government across the UK rather than a desire for independence.

Ms Reid said: “It looks like people have voted for the leaders that have been in charge.

“We have seen that with Labour in Wales, we have seen that with Boris Johnson in England and we have seen that with Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland.

“This was not a vote for independence, the polls do not show overwhelming support for independence.”  

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Mr Blackford replied: “I don’t think anyone can be mistaken Susanna that the SNP stands for Scottish independence.

“It was front and centre of our election campaign.”

He added: “What we are talking about is having that independence referendum after we come out of this crisis.

“We are not talking about doing it before it.”

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