Scottish Independence: Jacob Rees-Mogg says 2014 independence referendum made decision for 'period of time' but not 'all eternity'

Leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, has said that the 2014 independence referendum was ‘very proper’ but ‘inevitably it hasn’t made a decision for all eternity’.

Speaking on The Westminster Hour, Conservative MP Mr Rees-Mogg said: “I think David Cameron was extremely wise in the 2014 referendum to agree basically everything that the SNP wanted - so they got the votes at 16, they were able to set the question - because they then couldn’t say afterwards that this vote was unfair, it was fiddled or in any way skewed against them and that seems to me to have been a very proper referendum and it made a decision for a period of time.

"But inevitably it hasn’t made a decision for all eternity.”

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His comments come after Scotland returned a majority of MSPs supporting independence to Holyrood, with 64 SNP representatives and eight from the Scottish Greens.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has made it clear that her immediate goal is to focus on recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic, but that a second independence referendum is a case of “when - not if.”

A spokesperson for Nicola Sturgeon said on Sunday: "The First Minister spoke to the Prime Minister this afternoon, and thanked him for his congratulations on her re-election.

Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg says the 2014 independence referendum made decision for 'period of time' but not 'all eternity'.

“The FM also re-iterated her intention to ensure that the people of Scotland can choose our own future when the crisis is over, and made clear that the question of a referendum is now a matter of when - not if.”

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Jacob Rees-Mogg has said that the 2014 independence referendum made decision for 'period of time' but not 'all eternity'.
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