16 December 2019 - Nicola Sturgeon warns Boris Johnson Scotland can't be 'imprisoned' in UK
Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland 'cannot be imprisoned' in UK
(BBC News, 15/12/2019)
Scotland "cannot be imprisoned in the union against its will" by the UK government, Nicola Sturgeon has said.
The Scottish first minister says the SNP's success in the general election gives her a mandate to hold a new referendum on independence.
However, UK ministers are opposed to such a move with Michael Gove saying the vote in 2014 should be "respected".
Overwhelming majority is now open to another Scottish referendum
Lesley Riddoch (The Scotsman, 16/12/2019)
Is Scotland in a different place as we hurtle towards 2020? Absolutely.
Of course, not everyone who voted SNP on Thursday supports independence. But I’d guess the overwhelming majority is now open to another referendum – as are once-sceptical players like Scottish business, the British media, international opinion and progressive English voters.
Fresh from election wins, Johnson and Sturgeon clash over Indyref 2
Alan McGuiness (SkyNews, 15/12/2019)
A senior member of Boris Johnson's government has "absolutely" ruled out allowing a second Scottish independence referendum.
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove told Sky's Sophy Ridge On Sunday that the SNP did not have a mandate for such a vote.
Nicola Sturgeon's party won 48 out of Scotland's 59 seats in the general election - and she has made clear that she will push for another public vote on the question of Scotland's place in the union.
Senior Scottish Labour figures urge party to drop opposition to second independence referendum in 2020
Simon Johnson (The Telegraph, 15/12/2019)
Scottish Labour's beleaguered leader is under pressure from senior figures including his health spokesman for the party to drop its opposition to a second independence referendum in 2020.
Richard Leonard has rejected SNP calls for another separation vote next year, insisting a mandate could only be achieved by the nationalists winning the 2021 Holyrood election.
But Monica Lennon said another separation vote "feels inevitable" and argued Nicola Sturgeon is entitled to demand one after the SNP's landslide Westminster election win in Scotland last week.
Scottish Labour's health spokesman told the Sunday Mail she still opposed independence but argued Boris Johnson should allow Holyrood, which has...