British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said today that now was not the time for another Scottish independence referendum, arguing that the United Kingdom was stronger as a single entity.
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sterzon announced yesterday that she plans to hold an independence referendum in October 2023 and that she will go to court if the British government tries to block it.
“Our position is that we do not believe this is the right time for constitutional change. Our economy is stronger when we are together,” Johnson told reporters.
Voters had rejected independence in the first referendum in September 2014.
Sturgeon met earlier today with Queen Elizabeth at Edinburgh’s Hollywood Hall. The 96-year-old monarch, who was seen without the cane he has been using lately, is in Scotland this week for a series of events for her 70 years on the throne.
Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party has said it wants Elizabeth to remain head of state if Scotland chooses to become independent from the United Kingdom.
Sterzon offered the queen a bottle of limited edition whiskey. The content of their discussion, however, was not disclosed.