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Mass testing begins in Liverpool as the army arrive in the city

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SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford has said that Scottish secretary Alistair Jack “should listen to what people in Scotland are saying” after Jack rejected a second referendum on independence for “25 to 40 years”.

As the latest of ten opinion polls since June suggested a majority now favour independence, Alistair Jack told the BBC the UK government intends to refuse another independence referendum “for a generation”. Asked to define a generation, he said: “Is it 25 years or is it 40 years? You tell me. But it’s certainly not six years, nor 10”.

But speaking on BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland, Blackford said: “We can’t have a tin-eared secretary of state or Westminster government. If I may say so I think the government in London may be saying something today but they’ll be saying something very different after the election next year. I’m asking people to recognise that through that public support, through the demonstration at the ballot box, we will have that second referendum.”

This comes as the Herald reports that Boris Johnson will be told to stay away from Scotland by senior Tories in the run-up to May’s Holyrood election in order not to damage the party’s chances under new leader Douglas Ross.





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Morning, I will be updating the UK coronavirus blog for the next couple of hours. Please do send any stories and tips to nazia.parveen@hafta-ichi.com or follow me on Twitter to DM me.

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Source: The Guardian
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