The United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, warned on Monday that the United Kingdom would be much weaker if Scotland chooses to be independent.
This comes as part of his rejection of the increasing demand for Scottish independence, with him desiring that the four nations that make up the UK remain united.
There have been numerous disagreements between the nations in the UK over the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has continued to damage the relations that were already being pushed to the edge by Brexit.
Scotland’s situation is the prime example of this, voting against leaving the European Union and opinion polls show a trend of wanting independence instead of its union with England.
Speaking with broadcasters, Johnson stated that to him the union between the countries is “the greatest political partnership the world has ever seen”.
He added that “It would be such a shame to lose the power, the magic of that union.”
During a 2014 referendum, Scotland voted 55% to 45% against independence, yet the Scottish National Party, the ruler of the semi-autonomous country, demands another vote.
Whilst Scottish voters voted to stay in the EU, the UK voted to leave, with the total outweighing the Scottish votes, leading to Brexit.
The Conservative Party, which is led by Johnson, currently governs all of the UK, and is deciding and administering policies in all area of Scotland, and is also a very strong supporter and believer of the benefits that the union brings, dismissing the calls for another vote for independence.
Johnson and other senior ministers have visited Scotland on more than one occasion during recent weeks, with talks ongoing over the strength and benefits of the relationship between England and Scotland.
Scotland has been united with England since 1707, with it being a full economic union, after Scotland faced years of economic dislocation.