Scottish independence referendum battle is ‘big distraction’ from Covid, says Gove

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Minister responds to suggestion that disregarding a pro-independence majority is anti-democratic

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Speculation about whether Downing Street will take the Scottish government to court to prevent it legislating for a second independence referendum is a “massive distraction” from pandemic recovery, Michael Gove has said.

After the Scottish National party victory in Thursday’s Holyrood elections, Nicola Sturgeon signalled her readiness for a constitutional battle, saying her government would legislate for the vote “and if Boris Johnson wants to stop that he would have to go to court”.

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