December 4, 2020

Boris Johnson backed over devolution ‘mistake’ remarks – ‘It’s been hijacked by the SNP!’ – Daily Express

https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1361838/boris-johnson-devolution-scotland-snp-scottish-independence-nicola-sturgeon

The Prime Minister received a furious backlash after he made the remarks during a zoom meeting with northern MPs. He said “devolution has been a disaster north of the border” and described it as “Tony Blair’s biggest mistake”.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon insisted the remarks had strengthened the argument for Scotland to break away from the UK.

And SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford added Mr Johnson had been “caught red-handed” and insisted the “only way” to stand up for Scotland is through independence.

But an exclusive Express.co.uk poll found a massive 93 percent (12,515 people) agreed with Mr Johnson.

Just seven percent (900 people) said they did not think devolution was a mistake and 75 people said they didn’t know.

A total of 13,490 readers took part in the online survey which ran between 8.30am and 9.30pm on Wednesday November 18.

One reader said: “Devolution was never meant to be a launching pad for independence, it has been hijacked by the SNP, but this was always the risk.”

Another commented: “Been saying it for years. It shows how brainless Blair was and is. He clearly didn’t have any foresight!

“An idiot could have seen this coming. One idiot didn’t sadly, and he just happened to be running the country at the time – with another idiot!”

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A third person added: “Devolution is a disaster! Boris is correct and I’m proud to be Scottish.”

And another reader also said: “Devolution has turned out to be undesirable in as much as the ascendency of nationalist parties like SNP have made it their overriding ambition above all else to separate Scotland from the UK.”

Senior Tory backbencher John Redwood defended the Prime Minister and insisted the SNP only wants to use the devolved administration to “destroy the union” and claimed the Scottish nationalists see Holyrood as a “battering ram against the UK”.