London. For the first time, the government of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has indicated that it will not stand in the way of a new referendum on Scottish independence. “If there is a clearly clear desire for a referendum, there will be,” Minister of State Michael Gove told the Sunday Mail.
In the Scottish general election, the parties advocating for independence were victorious. According to polls, support for a break from the United Kingdom is waning again.
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced after the election that she would proceed with the independence question. However, most experts agree that this requires the approval of the British government. Johnson has so far rejected another referendum. In 2014, Scotland voted narrowly to remain in the state. However, the topic gained momentum again after the 2016 Brexit referendum, as a clear majority of Scots refused to leave the European Union.
“Theoretically, the Scottish people could, under the right circumstances, ask that question again,” said Gove, who is himself from Scotland. “I don’t think it’s right, and the public doesn’t think it’s right to ask this question right now.”
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