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Boris Johnson on a second Scottish independence referendum: irresponsible and reckless behavior

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it would be "irresponsible and reckless" to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence, at a time when the likelihood of the Scottish National Party getting an absolute majority in the parliamentary elections on Saturday morning has diminished, according to the British newspaper, The Guardian.

With the SNP’s victory confirmed after the first day of the count, the scene is set for a clash with Downing Street - Britain’s premiership - as the party’s leader, Nicola Sturgeon, warned Johnson that he “will have to go to court” to prevent her new government from submitting legislation to another referendum.

But while Sturgeon said it would do so "when the time comes" if a pro-independence majority is achieved once the rest of the results are announced, Johnson told the Daily Telegraph: "I think the referendum in the current context is irresponsible and reckless."

"I think there has been eloquent testimony during the pandemic of the strength of the union," Johnson insisted.

The newspaper said that the situation will be largely determined by the Scottish National Party obtaining an absolute majority of 65 seats in the Scottish Parliament or if there is a pro-independence majority with the Scottish Green Party. After 48 of the 73 constituency results were announced in Scotland on Friday, the Scottish National Party won 39, the Liberal Democrats four, the Conservatives three, and the Laborers two.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4 Saturday morning, Scottish National Party deputy leader John Sweeney acknowledged that it would be "very difficult" for the party to achieve an absolute majority, but rejected the suggestion that only a majority is the only mandate for a referendum.

Sweeney said, "I do not accept this proposal because I think what stems from this question is what is the composition of the Scottish Parliament ... and I am very confident of two things..first, the Scottish National Party will be the leading party after the elections. It is very clear that this will be." Second, I am sure there will be a majority in the Scottish Parliament of people who are committed to holding a referendum on independence on the future of Scotland. "