British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote to Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday January 14th rejecting a request by Scotland's devolved government for powers to hold a new referendum on independence (Indyref2), AFP reported.
"I cannot agree to any request for a transfer of power that would lead to further independence referendums," Johnson wrote in a letter to Sturgeon, the leader of the Scottish National Party.
Johnson said, in his letter,which he posted on Twitter, that a previous referendum held in 2014 had been billed as a "once in a generation" vote. Scots voted then by 55% to 45% against breaking away from the rest of the United Kingdom, and Johnson said Edinburgh had agreed to follow that decision.
"The UK government will continue to uphold the democratic decision of the Scottish people and the promise that you made to them," Johnson wrote.
Sturgeon wants Scotland to hold another referendum in 2020, and she wrote to Johnson in December asking him to enter negotiations on transferring the power to hold a referendum from London to Edinburgh.
She said that the Brexit referendum in 2016 is a justification for allowing Scots to vote again on secession from the UK.Across the UK, while 52% overall voted for Brexit, in Scotland, 62% wanted Britain to stay in the EU. Following the result of December’s general election, the UK will leave the bloc on January 31st.
The Scottish government would explain its response and next steps before the end of the month, Sturgeon said, adding she would once more ask the Scottish Parliament, "to back Scotland's right to choose our own future.”