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Boris Johnson Refuses to Grant Scotland Powers to Hold Independence Vote

AFP 2019 / Isabel Infantes

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson rejected Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's demand for a second independence referendum in a brief official letter published today, Politico reports.

"The Scottish people voted decisively to keep our United Kingdom together, a result which both the Scottish and UK Governments committed to respect," the prime minister tweeted, attaching the official document.

The result of that referendum, in which more than 55 percent of Scots voted to remain a part of the U.K., means another vote would be pointless, Johnson argued.

Instead he suggested that it is in Scotland's interest not to devote valuable time to discussions about whether the nation should become independent while there are urgent domestic issues to tackle.

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