Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and a host of English regional mayors wrote to Boris Johnson urging him to follow the latest trend in independence polls to “save” the union.
The politicians warned the premier in a letter to the prime minister that “time is fast running out” to hold the United Kingdom intact and argued that the way to protect it is to build a more federal Britain.
Brown said the letter should act as a “wake-up call for us all.” organized by Sheffield City Mayor Dan Jarvis and endorsed by his London counterpart Sadiq Khan, Greater Manchester’s Andy Burnham and Liverpool’s Steve Rotheram.
In the 2014 referendum, Scotland voted to remain in the United Kingdom, but First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP leader, is calling for a second vote on independence.
The SNP has claimed that a majority will give it a mandate for a second independence referendum in next year’s Holyrood election.
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The letter comes after the Prime Minister, who is opposed to a second referendum, allegedly told Tory MPs last month that it was a “disaster” to move to Scotland.
The politicians said in the letter, ‘The United Kingdom is in grave danger.
“Recent polls show a clear trend that Scots are losing faith in the union and a majority of Britons believe the United Kingdom is heading for a breakup,” they said.
As he said, “This should be a loud wake-up call for us to review the status quo,”
A second independence vote for Scotland (Andy Buchanan/PA) has been endorsed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
“We believe the goal should be a more federal Britain of nations and regions, a free and equal partnership with greater devolution that brings power closer to the people, particularly in England,” she said.
“We have an opportunity not just to preserve our Union, but to create the extraordinary legacy of a more harmonious, united and democratic Britain for all of us,” he said.
“Time is running out fast. We can still save our country, but we must act now.”
Mr Brown, ex-Labour leader, said, “This intervention demonstrates that right across the UK there is an appetite for change and reform. There is momentum and interest in building an alternative to the status quo.”
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This letter is intended for all of us as a wake-up call. It is an invitation to a national dialogue.
“It’s a call that we should try to resolve our differences rather than tear our country apart.”
“At Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, the SNP’s Pete Wishart told Mr. Johnson that he is “probably the largest single recruitment sergeant we have,” following his decision to lead the Brexit vote and recent devolution remarks.