Scottish Secretary Alister Jack has dismissed claims by SNP ministers that they have secured a mandate for a second referendum on independence.
The Prime Minister and his Scottish secretary have rejected calls for a second independence referendum amid renewed pressure from the SNP.
The Scottish Secretary has said Boris Johnson will give “careful consideration” to Nicola Sturgeon’s request to be handed the powers to hold a second independence referendum.
Scottish Secretary Alister Jack has said Boris Johnson should not grant the power to hold a second independence referendum, despite the SNP’s General Election gains.
The Scottish Secretary has compared the austerity of the last decade to “housekeeping”, adding “true austerity” took place after the First and Second World Wars.
Boris Johnson’s claims about post-Brexit border checks appear to have been undermined by his Scottish Secretary, who acknowledged some goods exported from Northern Ireland into Britain would face customs inspections.