Michael Gove: I do not think there will be another Scottish independence referendum
Michael Gove today said he thinks there will not be a second referendum on Scottish independence, despite the result of the EU referendum.
The SNP have said that a fresh vote is “highly likely” following the UK’s decision to leave the bloc, which was opposed by a large majority of Scottish voters.
Earlier this week First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited Brussels for talks with European officials about how to keep Scotland in the union.
Reports earlier in the week suggested SNP strategists were aiming to bring forward another referendum within the two-year period after Article 50 is triggered by the next Prime Minister.
However, Mr Gove, who is among five Tory candidates to succeed David Cameron I the top job, today claimed a second vote would not take place.
“I don’t think we’re going to have a second independence referendum,” he told reporters at the launch of his campaign this morning.
Mr Gove, who hails from Aberdeen, said he was well placed to be a prime minister who could unite the four nations of the United Kingdom after the divisive Brexit vote.
He stressed the importance of being “sensitive to the fact that different parts of the UK voted in different ways”.
But he emphasised the opportunities Brexit could offer the different nations of the UK.
“We are taking back control of policy areas like agriculture and fishing that are vital to the economies of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the Scottish Parliament and devolved assemblies can enjoy new powers in these and other areas.
“I think we need to explore how we can develop a fairly-funded, flexible and robust Union for our new circumstances - and I will work across political divides, with respect, to build that new Union.”