‘They’ve got more power than ever before!’ Eustice slams SNP for demanding 2nd indy vote

Scotland ‘have more power than ever before’ says Eustice

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Speaking to BBC Breakfast on Saturday morning Environment Secretary George Eustice explained how since Brexit there is now “more power” going to the devolved nations “than ever before” as he dismissed demands for a second vote on Scottish independence. Mr Eustice branded it “the wrong time” for a referendum saying how Scotland already had one in 2014.

Mr Eustice told BBC Breakfast: “They (Scotland) weren’t denied a referendum, we had a referendum five years ago.

“The important thing is now that we have left the European Union and yes that was quite a divisive debate, there is no getting away from that.”

He added: “But it does mean that in whole swathes of policy area, particularly the ones I deal with on the environment, on animal welfare, on agriculture and fisheries policy.”

The Environment Secretary then dismissed calls for a second vote, saying: “There is now more power going to Scotland, and Wales and Northern Ireland than they’ve ever had before!”

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He went on to explain how the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union has granted more powers to the devolved nations and questioned calls for a second referendum.

Mr Eustice explained: “Areas of policy that have been really occupied and in EU competence over the past 45-50 years are now policies the devolved administrations will be able to exercise judgement on.

“I think that’s going to be really important.”

The Tory then hit home saying: “We need to see how things bed down and I think it’s just the wrong time to be having another referendum on Scottish independence.”

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The Environment Secretary’s comments come as newly elected MSP and former leader of the Scottish National Party in Westmininster erupted at the United Kingdom branding it “not demcoratic” for not allowing Scotland to have an independence vote.

He told BBC Newsnight on Friday: “A majority is a majority.

“Either the UK is a democratic state that recognises the right of people in Scotland, if we vote for a parliament, to be able to give the green light to have a referendum, that that should happen.

“Or by fate, by rule of law, by imposition, democratic, perfectly legitimate wishes, voted for by the public are going to be blocked.”

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And in a furious concluding statement he fired off: “That is not, that is not at heart, democratic values!”

Boris Johnson has repeatedly turned down demands for a second Scottish independence referendum and instead insists that the vote to remain part of the UK during the 2014 referendum must stand and that it was a “once in a generation event” as the SNP billed the referendum at the time.

Several opinion polls this week have also suggested support for the SNP has been steadily falling, bringing Ms Sturgeon’s hopes of winning a majority into serious doubt.

Polling boffin and Professor of politics at the University of Strathclyde, Sir John Curtice said in a blog post yesterday that the average rating currently put’s the SNP on 49 percent in constituencies, the Tories on 22 percent, Labour on 21 percent and the Lib Dems on seven percent. Which in terms of the number of seats in Holyrood leaves the SNP on 64 seats, the Tories on 27, Labour on 22, the Greens on 11 and the Lib Dems on 5.

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