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Scottish independence: Boris Johnson pushes back against IndyRef2

PM says it would be ‘irresponsible and reckless’ to hold fresh referendum as SNP’s hopes of winning majority hang in balance

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Boris Johnson has said it would be “irresponsible and reckless” to hold a second independence referendum as the possibility of an outright majority in the Holyrood elections for the Scottish National party remains on a knife-edge on Saturday morning.

With an SNP victory now assured after the first day of counting, the scene is set for a clash with Downing Street as the party’s leader, Nicola Sturgeon, warned Johnson that he would “have to go to court” to stop her new government introducing legislation for another referendum.

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