‘Devolution was a big mistake’: Boris Johnson says handing more powers to Scotland was a ‘disaster’ 

‘Devolution was a big mistake’: Boris Johnson says handing more powers to Scotland was a ‘disaster’

Devolution has been a ‘disaster’ and biggest mistake made by Tony Blair, PM saidThe Prime Minister made the controversial comments in a Zoom call with MPsScottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon immediately seized on the comments

Devolution has been a ‘disaster’ and was the biggest mistake made by Tony Blair when he was PM, Boris Johnson told colleagues.

The Prime Minister made the controversial comments in a Zoom call with MPs for northern England.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon immediately seized on the comments to make the case for independence.

Sources close to Mr Johnson last night tried to limit the damage by insisting that he was referring to the fact devolution has been ‘used by separatists and nationalists to break up the UK’.

But Downing Street did not deny the comments.

Devolution has been a ‘disaster’ and was the biggest mistake made by Tony Blair when he was PM, Boris Johnson told colleagues

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon immediately seized on the comments to make the case for independence

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon immediately seized on the comments to make the case for independence

Mr Johnson’s remarks came in a call with 60 MPs which he made in self-isolation.

He said: ‘Devolution has been a disaster north of the border.’ He added that it was former Labour prime minister Mr Blair’s ‘biggest mistake’ when it was introduced in the late 1990s.

Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross last night insisted devolution has not been a disaster, but the SNP’s obsession with independence has been.

Mr Johnson also told MPs that he did not currently ‘see a case’ for handing down more powers from Westminster to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

However, a No10 source said: ‘The PM has always supported devolution, but Tony Blair failed to foresee the rise of separatists in Scotland.

‘And leaving the EU means we must strengthen and protect the UK economy with the UK Internal Market Bill. Devolution is great – but not when it’s used by separatists and nationalists to break up the UK.’

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