NICOLA STURGEON sent a stern warning to Boris Johnson in her victory speech following the success of the SNP Party at the general election.
Speaking in Edinburgh, the Scottish First Minister reiterated her call to keep Scotland in the EU via a second independence referendum. She urged Boris Johnson to not stand in the way of the will of the Scottish people. She said: “Firstly, it is now clear beyond any doubt that the overwhelming majority of people in Scotland want to remain in the European Union. That verdict was first delivered in the referendum in 2016. It was re-inforced in the general election of 2017. It was strengthened in the European election earlier this year. And last night it was emphatically confirmed.
“Westminster has ignored people in Scotland for three years. Last night the people of Scotland said – enough. It is time for Boris Johnson to start listening.
“I accept – regretfully – that he has a mandate for Brexit in England. But he has no mandate whatsoever to take Scotland out of the EU.”
Ms Sturgeon added: “During this campaign, I said repeatedly that all elections are important but that this one really mattered. I said the very future of Scotland was on the line. Last night was indeed a watershed moment.
“So, today, as we reflect on the outcome, we should also look ahead. This morning I want to address both the people of Scotland and the Prime Minister directly.
“To the people of Scotland I want to say thank you. Thank you for the overwhelming victory you gave the SNP last night. The SNP will never take you for granted.”
The SNP leader is set for a showdown with Prime Minister Boris Johnson as she insisted the SNP’s election success gives her a “renewed, refreshed and strengthened” mandate for a second vote on Scottish independence.
The First Minister’s SNP made a series of gains north of the border, including ousting Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson.
Ms Sturgeon said it had been an “exceptionally good night” for her party, with the results leaving Scotland and the rest of the UK on “divergent paths”.
The SNP won 47 MPs, up from the 35 they won two years ago, making it the party’s second-best Westminster result ever.
While the Tories made gains south of the border – with Mr Johnson winning the majority he was seeking to push ahead with Brexit – in Scotland it was a different story.
There are now six Tory MPs in Scotland, down from 13 in 2017, though Scottish Secretary Alister Jack was one of those who held on.
Labour had another disastrous election, with the party again left with just one MP in Scotland.
As in 2015, Ian Murray was left as a sole Scottish Labour representative in the House of Commons – using his speech after winning Edinburgh South to insist the party must now change or it will “die”.
Neale Hanvey, who was suspended by the SNP amid allegations of anti-Semitism, defeated shadow Scottish secretary Lesley Laird in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath.
Although Ms Swinson lost her East Dunbartonshire constituency, her party ended up with four MPs in Scotland – the same number as it won in 2017 – after it gained North East Fife from the SNP.
Former Scottish justice secretary Kenny MacAskill made a return to front-line politics after winning the East Lothian seat from Labour.