Sturgeon accuses UK government of "trying to rig the rules" of second independence referendum


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The First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has claimed that Downing Street is "trying to rig the rules" of a second Scottish independence referendum.


Sturgeon made the accusation in response to an article published in The Times on Monday, which reported how ministers are allegedly pressuring Boris Johnson to allow Scots from across the UK to vote in any future Scottish independence referendum.


In response, Sturgeon said: "they should just argue their case on its merits and allow everyone who lives in Scotland to decide."


Sturgeon also said that the debate itself suggested that the "anti independence campaign" had 'conceded' that a second independence referendum would be permitted in due course, despite Johnson's current opposition.


A similar proposal was suggested ahead of the 2014 referendum, but was dismissed outright by the Scottish National Party.

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