What has the prime minister said about Scottish independence?

Rishi Sunak must consent to a second referendum, the Supreme Court has ruled.

The Supreme Court has ruled that the Scottish Parliament does not have the power to legislate for a second independence referendum.

Judges ‘unanimously’ decided that only the UK Government could allow Scots voters to have their say.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s predecessors Boris Johnson and Liz Truss both refused to agree to indyref2 – but what does he think?

He was asked that very question by STV political editor Colin Mackay during a hustings in Perth in August as part of the leadership contest that saw Truss become PM – albeit only for six weeks.

Would Sunak allow indyref2?

“I can’t imagine the circumstances in which I would,” he responded.

“We live in a union which is, of course, there by consent and by democracy, and I accept that.

“But I just don’t think that anybody thinks that now or any time in the near future is remotely the time to focus on this.”

The former chancellor added that he believed the pro-union side could win any argument over the constitutional question.

“When it comes to independence, I strongly believe in the United Kingdom,” he said.

“The support that we’ve put in place, and that I would put in place as prime minister at this difficult time, demonstrates the benefit of the United Kingdom.

“When it comes to Nicola Sturgeon, I want to hold the SNP government to account for what it’s doing and delivering for people in Scotland.

“But, crucially, I want to take her on and win the argument on the union because I passionately believe in it and it’s an argument that I think we can win.”

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