Nicola Sturgeon had her dreams of independence crushed last month when Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to grant her request for a second Scottish Independence referendum vote. But could the Scottish National Party (SNP) leader ignore the Prime Minister and proceed regardless?
Nicola Sturgeon has said no British Prime minister can stand in the way of the will of the Scottish people.
The First Minister in Scotland also said an independent Scotland would seek to rejoin the European Union, after the country voted to remain by 62 percent in 2016.
The Scottish politician, 49, made a formal request for a second Independence vote in December.
She asked for the UK Government to transfer powers, known as a Section 30 order, to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh that would ensure any referendum is legal.
But Boris Johnson formally rejected the call from Scotland’s First Minister saying a referendum would “continue the political stagnation Scotland has seen for the past decade”.
Within the response, he said he had “carefully considered and noted” her arguments.
He wrote: “You and your predecessor made a personal promise that the 2014 independence referendum was a ‘once in a generation’ vote.
“The people of Scotland voted decisively on that promise to keep our United Kingdom together, a result which both the Scottish and UK governments committed to respect in the Edinburgh Agreement.”
The Prime Minister added he did not want to see Scotland’s schools, hospitals and employment “again left behind because of a campaign to separate the UK”.
The SNP leader condemned Mr Johnson for his decision.
On Twitter she wrote: “Tories are terrified of Scotland’s right to choose – because they know that when given the choice we’ll choose independence.
“Tories have no positive case for the union – so all they can do is attempt to deny democracy. It will not stand.
“The problem for the Tories is the longer they try to block democracy, the more they show the Westminster union is not one of equals and fuel support for independence.
“This response predictable – but also unsustainable and self-defeating. Scotland will have the right to choose.”