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Boris’s plot to save the Union! PM could adopt radical plan to fight off independence bids

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This would take place each year in September on a rotating basis. According to the Daily Telegraph, Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg, who attends Cabinet, is behind the plan.

However, Commons speaker Lindsay Hoyle is understood to remain sceptical.

Should the proposal be adopted the plan is to use the existing Scottish Parliament, Welsh Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly buildings.

There are concerns over whether these could hold 650 MPs, but supporters note it is already impossible for all MPs to sit in the Westminster Commons.

As a possible model each year the European Parliament meets in both Brussels and Strasbourg though critics claim this is a waste of money.

It comes as the SNP are demanding another independence vote is held with Westminster leader Ian Blackford suggesting it could take place later this year.

Scotland voted to remain part of the UK in 2014 by 55 percent of the vote to 45 percent.

Polling over the summer showed majority support for separation but recent surveys show this has been reversed with the Union now enjoying a slight lead.

The SNP have fallen in the polls following a bitter feud at the hierarchy of the party involving Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon.

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Mr Johnson argued the question of Scotland’s place in the Union was “settled” by the 2014 referendum.

Pointing out senior nationalist figures said this would be a “once in a generation” poll he’s argued there shouldn’t be another referendum until at least 2054.

The British Government is also planning a major investment drive focused on Scottish infrastructure and transport.

Money will be sent from the UK level, rather than via the Scottish government.

A recent Savanta ComRes poll for The Scotsman found 51 percent of Scots would vote to remain part of the UK in any second referendum with 49 percent backing independence.

It also suggested the SNP are no longer on track for an absolute majority at May’s elections.

Some 48 percent of Scots oppose any referendum being held before 2023 with just 33 percent in favour.

Senior SNP figures have suggested the party could call an unauthorised ‘wildcat’ referendum without the British Government’s permission.

Should this happen Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross is urging unionists to boycott the poll.



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