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Nicola Sturgeon’s call for a new Scottish referendum dismissed by Boris Johnson

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has insisted ‘things have changed’ since Scotland voted to stay as part of the UK in 2014 — despite Boris Johnson ruling out granting permission for a second poll.

Ms Sturgeon told Sky’s Ridge on Sunday the issue of ‘who decides Scotland’s future is one of the central questions at this general election’. She added: ‘Our future is on the line and it’s a choice of what kind of future we want.’

The Scottish first minister claimed the PM had ‘omitted to recognise the fact that many things have changed since Scotland had an independence referendum in 2014, not least we face being taken out of the EU against our will’.

She revealed she is to request permission to hold a legally-binding independence referendum days after the general election and believes Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will grant her the power to hold one if he is voted in to Downing Street.

On Saturday, Ms Sturgeon addressed a rally in Glasgow and argued that Scottish independence was a ‘better alternative’ to Brexit and remaining in the UK.

But, also speaking to Sophy Ridge, Mr Johnson insisted there was no reason to go back on assurances given by SNP leaders in 2014 that the referendum then was a ‘once-in-a-generation’ event.

He said: ‘I don’t see any reason to go back on that, on that assurance.’