UK PM Invites Scottish Pro-independence Leader To 'work Together'
Umer Jamshaid 2 months ago Sun 09th May 2021 | 09:01 AM
London, May 9 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 9th May, 2021 ) :British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday wrote to Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon congratulating her on her election result and asking her to work together, Downing Street said.
The letter to Sturgeon came after her SNP won a fourth term in the devolved parliament in Thursday's poll.
On Saturday, she repeated her demand for Johnson to allow a fresh independence referendum, something he has already ruled out.
In his letter, Johnson asked Sturgeon to take part in a "summit meeting to discuss our shared challenges" in planning the recovery after the pandemic.
The national leaders "will not always agree", Johnson said, but he called for them to "build back better".
Johnson, in an interview with The Daily Telegraph published earlier Saturday, said he would not accede to the SNP's demand for a fresh referendum even if it won an overall majority at Holyrood.
In the event it fell one seat short.
Sturgeon, in her victory speech after the SNP won 64 of the 129 seats at Holyrood, said there was "no democratic justification" for Westminster to deny a referendum.