Gove continued to lay into the Scottish First Minister and called her grounds for launching another vote based on sovereignty as “a very weak one”.
He said: “My view is clear, I don’t think we need a second referendum on independence, I think it would be destabilising and wrong, I don’t think the public want it.
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“I think it would be foolish for the First Minister to try to call one.”
The Tory added: “If Nicola Sturgeon were to be faced with the question which currency will you use if you are independent, if she were to be faced by the question how will you ensure you are able, if you wish to, to rejoin the EU when Spain and others will be opposed to it, all these questions become harder.
“I think the case for independence on sovereignty and economy grounds is a very weak one.”
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I think the case for independence on sovereignty and economy grounds is a very weak one
During a debate with Holyrood Brexit Minister Mike Russell, Gove also said he’d like to see a Ruth Davidson-led Scottish government in another taunt to Sturgeon.
He said: “What I would like to see is the Scottish Government, whether it is SNP or I suspect after the next election a Ruth Davidson-led government, is to advance the position of the Scottish people within the United Kingdom, which they voted decisively to stay in.”
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His savage put down came shortly after the Tory told Sturgeon to grow up and end threats for another independence referendum.
Speaking to BBC Good Morning Scotland, Mr Gove said: “Trying to suggest that a vote in the Scottish parliament is a way of exercising some sort of veto or sending a signal to the UK Government is not really grown up politics.
Mr Gove, who was born in Edinburgh, was asked if he feared another referendum on Scottish independence was on the cards.
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“No,” he said. “One of the most striking things since Britain vote to leave the EU has been the decline in support for a second referendum.
“And opinion polls suggest support for independence has not risen, indeed in one or two cases it seems to have fallen.
“So many people, including the SNP, thought that leaving the EU would precipitate a second referendum but quite the opposite.
“The people of the UK have voted to leave one union that didn’t work, the people of Scotland are not going to vote to leave one that does work.”
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