Sturgeon’s worst nightmare as Gordon Brown calls for Britain to ‘sort out’ UK divide

Boris Johnson is ‘scared’ of democracy says Nicola Sturgeon

It comes after the former Labour Prime Minister has been described as the biggest threat to the SNP’s rule in Scotland. The Scottish Labour Party is searching for a new leader after the previous incumbent Richard Leonard shocked the nation with his resignation earlier this month.

Mr Leonard held the position since November 2017.

The former Scottish Labour leader announced his resignation with immediate effect as he felt it was “in the best interests of the party”.

George Galloway, a former Labour MP, tipped Mr Brown as the perfect candidate to take on the vacancy.

He claimed Mr Brown could “rescue” Scotland from the SNP’s rule.

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Writing on Twitter, Mr Galloway said: “I have known Gordon Brown 45 years. Labour is not my party.

“Making him Scottish Labour leader would be the biggest single thing the party could do to rescue Scotland from the perdition of perpetual SNP rule, the Neverendum, and could save Britain. Do it Gordon.”

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Brown said the pandemic has exposed “tensions” between Whitehall and the nations and regions.

He wrote: “Months of Covid-19 – and bitter disputes between No 10 and the regions and nations over lockdowns, furloughs and business and employment support – have brought to the surface tensions and grievances that have been simmering for years.

“The complaint is that Whitehall does not fully understand the country it is supposed to govern.

“Elected leaders in our nations and regions protest that their local knowledge has been ignored and only rarely are they ever consulted.”

Mr Brown’s comments come as polls suggest there is mounting support for Scottish independence.

Scotland previously held an independence vote in 2014.

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The referendum saw 55 percent of Scotland reject leaving the UK.

But Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has been pushing for another independence vote after the UK left the European Union.

Ms Sturgeon said she will seek a “legal referendum” and accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of being “frightened of democracy”.

But Arlene Foster, leader of the devolved administration in Northern Ireland, said Ms Sturgeon’s proposed referendum would be “reckless”.

Ms Sturgeon told BBC’s Andrew Marr show: “The polls now show a majority of people in Scotland want independence.

“If the SNP win the Scottish election in a few months’ time on a proposition of giving people that choice then what democrat could rightly stand in the way of that.

“Boris Johnson clearly just fears the verdict and the will of the Scottish people.”

Ms Sturgeon has been accused of pushing her independence agenda instead of focusing on the ongoing pandemic.

Scottish Labour interim leader, Jackie Baillie, said: “Scotland is deep in turmoil with thousands facing a cost of living crisis and thousands more people being lost to the virus.

“It is inexcusable that at this time of acute crisis the SNP seeks to put its plan for independence above everything else.”

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