Scottish Socialist Party spokesman Colin Fox warned Nicola Sturgeon not to underestimate the power of Britain with the world’s fifth largest economy. He predicted that the First Minister’s struggle for independence would lead to a struggle against “determined trade unionists” in London. Boris Johnson has insisted that there cannot be a second referendum as it is a one-time vote in a generation.
Speaking to the TRT Roundtable, Mr. Fox said: “I believe in independence, but I also believe that the independence movement has a very good job ahead of us.
“This is the British state that we want to overthrow here, and anyone who knows the history and the present would not make the mistake of underestimating the power of the world’s fifth largest economy.
“The fifth largest army in the world and the unionists with absolute determination in London have shown that this is being prevented.
“There is a battle royale looming in Scotland.
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“I think it’s inevitable.
“I don’t see any circumstances in which there won’t be a second referendum.
“If it happens who knows? Probably not this year.”
Mr Johnson has roused his team to keep the Union together, replacing a former Scottish MP with a Vote Leave Brexit campaign veteran.
Number 10 said the Prime Minister believed he was the “voice of the majority” in Scotland who opposed independence and that Downing Street Union unity would assist him in his efforts to hold Britain together.
In a token of concern just three months before the Holyrood elections, in which the demand for a second independence referendum will be the dominant theme, former Scottish MP Luke Graham has been replaced at the head of Unit No. 10 by Oliver Lewis.
The SNP claimed the move was “taking voting leave” that would increase support for independence.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman confirmed that Mr. Graham “left his No. 10 position” just two days after Johnson’s press secretary Allegra Stratton said he was a “very valued employee”.
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Mr Graham’s exit comes amid government concerns about support for the SNP and the prospect of another referendum.
“Unit No. 10 of the Union will continue to support the Prime Minister in his capacity as Minister for the Union,” said the Prime Minister’s official spokesman.
“We do not go into details of personnel matters, but the Union is an incredibly important priority for the Prime Minister and Unit 10 of the Union will continue to support him in this.”
When asked if No. 10 was before a fight against the SNP by Nicola Sturgeon on a war basis, the spokesman said: “As the Prime Minister himself said, he believes that all parts of the Union are stronger together and he will and will remain that Vote of the majority of the Scottish people who voted to hold Britain together.
“He will always go against those who are trying to separate Britain, which is why it remains an important focus.”