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The UK government says the devolution is being used to promote a « separatist agenda » in Scotland, but the prime minister has « always supported it ».
Downing Street sources and Communities Minister Robert Jenric tried to explain the situation after Boris Johnson’s statements to a group of representatives in northern England last night.. .
Johnson told the group of about 60 members of Parliament about the Toy that the transfer of power in Scotland was a « disaster » and « Tony Blair’s biggest mistake » in the hypothetical meeting, sparking a backlash from his party as well as the Labor Party and the Scottish National Party. .
Downing Street sources now say the prime minister « has always been supportive of the transfer of power », but « not when separatists and nationalists use him to break up the UK ».
Mr. Jinrik also repeated comments during interviews this morning, saying that Mr. Johnson means the transfer of power was facilitating the SNP’s agenda..
He said, « This is not what the prime minister said in the call he made last night.
“The Prime Minister has always supported the transfer of power, he wants to ensure that the population and the local communities have a greater role in their fate, be it in the devolved departments or within England through the transfer of power to the regional mayors. »
He continued: « What he feels strongly, and I agree with him, is that the transition of power in Scotland has facilitated the rise of separatism and nationalism in the form of the Scottish National Party, and this is trying to dismantle the United Kingdom and anyone, such as the Prime Minister, who loves the United Kingdom, but wants to Keeping it together, he thinks this is a very dangerous and disappointing outcome that we must fight. »
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When asked whether another referendum should be held in Scotland if the Scottish National Party wins a majority in the Holyrood election next year, Mr. Jenrick said it would be « frankly crazy. »
He said, « Frankly, any politician who wanted to hold a referendum on an issue like this at this moment, you know, is frankly crazy. ». .
“We are in the midst of a very dangerous health situation, a pandemic, and we are also witnessing tremendous disruption in people’s lives and livelihoods as a result of the economic disruption that has accompanied it..
So the focus for all of us, whether in the central government or in delegated departments, should be on fighting the virus, moving forward towards the year 2021 promising and optimistic and trying to save people’s jobs and livelihoods.. »
Johnson’s comments last night sparked outrage not only from opposition politicians but also from within his own party.
Several Scottish Conservatives who spoke to the Herald said the statements were « unbelievable » and could seriously jeopardize their chances in next year’s Holyrood election.. .
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The prime minister had been hoping this week would start again after the departure of two senior advisers, Dominic Cummings and Lee Caine, on Friday..
The couple have been major figures in the vote campaign to leave the country, but it is understood that they created a « toxic » atmosphere at La. 10, according to sources, and the two were at odds with Johnson’s fiancée, Carrie Symonds.
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