Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP leader, jumped on them, arguing that the Conservatives’ public statements of support for devolution were duplicitous.”Worth bookmarking these PM comments for the next time Tories (Conservatives) say they're not a threat to the powers of the Scottish Parliament — or, even more incredibly, that they support devolving more powers,” she said on Twitter.
Independence is the only way to protect and strengthen the Scottish parliament, she added. In a sign of the nervousness that Johnson’s comments caused among Scots who support staying part of the United Kingdom, the Conservative leader in Scotland, Douglas Ross, immediately contradicted the prime minister. “Devolution has not been a disaster,” he said on Twitter. “The SNP’s non-stop obsession with another referendum — above jobs, schools and everything else — has been a disaster.”