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10.53am GMT

Nigel Farage, the Brexit party leader, has said that the party Leave Means Leave is planning for Parliament Square to celebrate Brexit on the night of 31 January is going ahead.


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10.47am GMT

Mike Russell, the Scottish constitutional relations secretary, claimed this morning that the Scottish government had “many options” it could follow to ensure a second independence referendum took place. Under the Scotland Act the Scottish government needs Westminster approval to hold a vote, but yesterday Boris Johnson said he would not allow this.

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme, Russell said:

I think you can either have democracy or you can have dictatorship, you can’t have both.

If Boris Johnson wants to be a dictator that simply says ‘other people’s votes don’t matter, Scotland’s doesn’t matter, Scotland isn’t a nation’, that is a decision which cannot hold in my view, because it goes so much against the views of the people of Scotland.

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