Boris Johnson fires warning shot to Nicola Sturgeon as he crushes her independence dreams

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Boris Johnson talked up the success of the Union during a Facebook Live on Wednesday afternoon in what was branded the “People’s PMQs”. During the Facebook Live session, which aired online just after midday, the Prime Minister vowed to deliver Brexit by the end of October this year. Mr Johnson also took a swipe at Nicola Sturgeon as he highlighted the success of the Union.

He said: “Micky wants to know what am I going to do to protect our Union of nations.

“Micky there are lots of things I think we should be doing. But, as Minister of the Union, that I think is very important is to stress the benefits that flow to us all from the Union.

“I was absolutely bowled over in Scotland recently to see investments flowing… I saw thousands of jobs, high class, high skilled, wonderful jobs in Scotland that are directly created as a result of investments from the whole of the UK.

“Therefore showing how Scotland, in particularly, benefits from participation in the most successful political union of the last few centuries.”

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He added: “I think it is very important as Prime Minister and Minister of the Union, that I talk up those successes.”

Scottish First Minister Ms Sturgeon has repeatedly called for another referendum on independence.

The SNP leader has suggested the Prime Minister’s hardline approach to leaving the EU gives Scotland leverage to demand another say on independence.

During his first full week as Prime Minister at the end of July, Mr Johnson travelled to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to rally support for his Brexit and political agenda.

“He made the case that he was for the Union, and didn’t think Scotland should have the right to choose. And we had a to-ing and fro-ing on the pros and cons of independence.

“At one point I suggested to him we didn’t have the debate in Bute House, we took that debate out into the public and let the public decide.

“I even suggested we might debate it live on television – at which point his adviser said it was probably time that we left. We had a very robust exchange of views about that.”

The Scottish First Minister appeared on ITV’s Loose Women this week and discussed why she wanted Scotland to be independent from the UK.

The Scottish First Minister was asked by ITV Loose Women panellist Gloria Hunniford whether she still stood by her idea that Boris Johnson “talks a lot of nonsense with a lot of conviction”. Nicola Sturgeon appeared embarrassed at first but then admitted she still thought the Prime Minister talks “nonsense”. 

She said: “Boris and I are not very alike.

“It’s not just men, I don’t want it to sound like I’m having a go at men all the time, Boris just talks nonsense, but he has that swagger and confidence and conviction.

“Despite the swagger, it’s still nonsense.”

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