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UK govt would not oppose Scottish IndyRef2 if it is 'settled will', says Michael Gove

Michael Gove (Image: UK Parliament (CC BY 3.0))

The Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove has said that the UK government would not stand in the way of a second referendum on Scottish independence if it is the 'settled will' of the Scottish people.

Speaking to the Sunday Mail, Mr Gove said: "The principle that the people of Scotland, in the right circumstances, can ask that question again is there."

However, Mr Gove said he does not think that it is "right" to hold a second referendum "at the moment."

He said: 'I just don't think that it is right, and the public don't think it is right, to ask that question at the moment. If it is the case that there is clearly a settled will in favour of a referendum, then one will occur.'

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