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Fresh from election wins, Johnson and Sturgeon clash over Indyref 2

A senior member of Boris Johnson's government has "absolutely" ruled out allowing a second Scottish independence referendum.

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove told Sky's Sophy Ridge On Sunday that the SNP did not have a mandate for such a vote.

Nicola Sturgeon's party won 48 out of Scotland's 59 seats in the general election – and she has made clear that she will push for another public vote on the question of Scotland's place in the union.

Image: Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds celebrate a key Tory win in No 10 on election night. Pic: Andrew Parsons

Such a vote is opposed by the Conservatives, something Prime Minister Boris Johnson reiterated in a phone call with Scotland's first minister on Friday.

Asked if he was guaranteeing "no ifs, no buts" that the government would never grant a second independence referendum, Mr Gove said: "Absolutely."

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He added: "We had the referendum on whether or not Scotland should be separate from the United Kingdom in 2014, we were told that that referendum would settle the question for a generation."

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Referencing Brexit, Mr Gove continued: "In this general election we have just seen what happens when politicians try to overturn a referendum result and in the same way we should respect the referendum result of 2014.

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"Scotland is stronger in the United Kingdom, you can be proudly Scottish and proudly British together."

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Under the Scotland Act 1998, the Scottish Parliament cannot pass legislation on matters "reserved" for Westminster.

This includes "the union of the United Kingdom of Scotland and England".

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