No second Scottish independence vote until 2055, suggests Boris Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted a “once-in-a-generation” vote on Scottish independence means exactly that.

He said a second vote will not be held until probably 2055.

Citing the votes on Europe – the first in 1978 and the second in 2016 – he suggested that was “a good sort of gap”.

Those sums would push a second Scottish vote to 2055.

Mr Johnson said referenda should not be regular as they were “not particularly jolly events”.

And they have a divisive impact on the country.

He also pointed out that Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the 2014 vote was a “once-in-a-generation event” – only to change her mind when she lost.


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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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