Gove warns out a second independence referendum because the UK needs to learn “lessons” in order to protect the Union.
In a major setback for the SNP, Michael Gove has ruled out a second Scottish independence vote right now.
Ministers would defend the Union by “learning lessons” from the initial 2014 vote and taking a different strategy in IndyRef2, according to the Cabinet Office minister responsible for the Union.
Mr Gove also stated before the Lords Constitution Committee that he will be retired by the time a second referendum on independence is held.
The minister is 53 years old and is expected to be re-elected to another Parliamentary term, putting an end to the possibility of another election for another eight years.
The Cabinet Office minister was asked by Peers if the UK Government would have contingencies in place if a vote in favor of independence were to occur in the future.
“I don’t think we should have a referendum any time soon for a variety of reasons,” Mr Gove said in response to Lord Hennessy’s question, “but if we do have a referendum in the future, I think it is crucial that we draw lessons from the 2014 referendum.”
“You’ve made a good point with your lecture.
“I make no criticisms of anyone participating in the Edinburgh Agreement or anything after that – where they were venturing into uncharted terrain – but we can certainly learn from it about what may be a better strategy in the future.”
The UK government has always opposed the concept of a second referendum, and has refused any request by the Scottish government for powers to hold one now.
“As we recover from the tragic impacts of the Covid pandemic, the last thing Scotland needs is another divisive independence referendum,” a Scottish Conservative Party spokesperson stated.
“Our whole attention should be on our economic recovery and community rebuilding.”
It comes after the left-wing frontrunner for the Unite union leadership declared he supports Scotland’s “self-determination.”
Steve Turner, the Deputy Unite General Secretary who is seeking to succeed Len McCluskey, said it is a “choice for the Scottish people.”
SNP politicians claimed Mr Turner’s statements proved he supported Indyref2.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has also come under fire after a poll found that 55 percent of UK party members want a referendum on Scottish independence in the coming years.
“Keir Starmer is completely.” Brinkwire Summary News, said SNP MSP Rona Mackay.