Both British Prime Minister candidates turned against the Scottish Prime Minister’s proposed independence referendum on Tuesday. Former Secretary of State Liz Truss said she would not allow such a referendum. Her opponent Rishi Sunak said he could not imagine circumstances in which he would allow such a referendum to take place.
The Scottish people voted against independence in a referendum in 2014, but according to Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon, conditions have changed since Brexit. She therefore plans to organize another independence referendum in October 2023. The Supreme Court in London will hold hearings in October to determine whether such a referendum may be organized without the consent of the British government, which has not yet voted in favour of it.
“If I am elected prime minister, I will not allow another independence referendum,” Truss said during a speech to party colleagues in Scotland on Tuesday. “We are not just neighbours, we are family and I will not allow our family to be broken up.”
Boris Johnson’s successor will be elected next month. During debates between the two rivals at different locations in the UK, a large majority of those present still express doubts about their vote.