Petition Do not give consent for another Scottish Independence Referendum
The SNP government appears solely intent on getting independence at any cost.
The independence referendum was called a once in a generation vote - so let it be.
Parliament debated this topic
This topic was debated on 22 March 2021
This response was given on 12 February 2021
The UK Government continues to respect the decision of the people of Scotland who voted decisively in 2014 to remain part of the United Kingdom.
Read the response in full
The referendum on Scottish independence in 2014 was legal, fair and decisive and the people of Scotland voted by a significant margin to remain part of the United Kingdom. The Edinburgh Agreement committed both the UK and Scottish governments to respect the referendum’s outcome. The Prime Minister wrote to the First Minister of Scotland in January 2020 to confirm he cannot agree to any request for a transfer of power from the UK Parliament to the Scottish Parliament that would lead to further independence referendums.
Scotland benefits greatly from being part of a strong United Kingdom and the UK Government is committed to continuing to protect and promote the combined strengths of our Union, building on the historic bonds and common values we share. Now, more than ever, it is important all parts of the United Kingdom work together to protect lives and livelihoods and drive our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Other parliamentary business
MPs debate the Scottish Parliamentary General Election and Scotland’s constitutional future
Yesterday MPs debated the Scottish Parliamentary General Election and Scotland’s constitutional future in the main House of Commons chamber. This was an opposition day debate, on a motion determined by the SNP.
You can watch the debate here: https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/d4859816-df47-4d29-8766-263d81c440fd?in=12:53:55
And you can read a transcript of the debate here: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2021-03-17/debates/88689FFD-075C-4FB0-83DA-E554F345F0D9/ScotlandGeneralElectionAndConstitutionalFuture
This debate is separate to the debate the Petitions Committee has scheduled for Monday 22 March on a petition relating to consent for a referendum on Scottish independence.
Find out more about the petitions debate here: https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/326/petitions-committee/news/152826/mps-to-debate-petition-relating-to-consent-for-a-referendum-on-scottish-independence/
What are Opposition Days?
Opposition days are days allocated in the House of Commons for the discussion of subjects chosen by the opposition (non-government) parties.
Find out more about Opposition days: https://www.parliament.uk/site-information/glossary/opposition-days/