NICOLA STURGEON was stumped when BBC’s Huw Edwards told her that her dreams of a second Scottish independence referendum were all but gone with nothing she could do about it because of the Conservative majority.
Nicola Sturgeon was stunned when BBC’s Huw Edwards easily dismantled her party’s argument for Scottish independence. The SNP leader experienced a good election night, projected to win 50 to 55 of the 59 Scottish seats. However, with a Tory majortiy, Mr Edwards told the First Minister that her dreams of a second independence referendum were still far away.
He said: “You were very clear about the fact that in your view, Scotland needed a strong SNP voice in Westminster in order to, as you say, protect Scottish interests and the interests of the people of Scotland.
“However, it’s not going to be a surprise if I say to you on the basis of these figures, even if you have 50 plus MPs, if you’re up against a Conservative Prime Minister with a majority of 60 or 65, there’s not a lot you can do.”
Ms Sturgeon: “The result across the UK is grim.
“I don’t want a Conservative majority Government.”
She continued: “But the fact that that is what is going to be the position after this election underlines the importance of Scotland having a choice of something different.
“I don’t pretend that every single person that voted SNP yesterday will necessarily support independence, but there has been a strong endorsement in this election of Scotland having a choice over our future, not having to put up with a Conservative Government that we didn’t vote for.”
Speaking after he was re-elected in Uxbridge, west London, with a slightly higher majority, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “It does look as though this One Nation Conservative government has been given a powerful new mandate to get Brexit done.”
“Above all I want to thank the people of this country for turning out to vote in a December election that we didn’t want to call but which I think has turned out to be a historic election that gives us now, in this new government, the chance to respect the democratic will of the British people to change this country for the better and to unleash the potential of the entire people of this country.”
Speaking at his election count in Islington North, where he was re-elected with a reduced majority, Mr Corbyn said Labour had put forward a “manifesto of hope”.
But “Brexit has so polarised debate it has overridden so much of normal political debate”.
Labour’s vote is down around 8% on the 2017 general election, with the Tories up by just over 1% and the smaller parties having a better night.
The Conservatives have won an overall majority in the general election, passing the 326-seat threshold with constituencies still to declare.
The BBC forecasts that Boris Johnson will return to Downing Street with a majority of 74.
The prime minister said it would give him a mandate to “get Brexit done” and take the UK out of the EU next month.
Jeremy Corbyn said Labour had a “very disappointing night” and he would not fight a future election.
Labour have lost seats across the North, Midlands and Wales in places which backed Brexit in 2016.