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PM Johnson accuses SNP of using devolution to break up UK

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson poses for a photograph with Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at Bute House in Edinburgh, Britain, July 29, 2019. Duncan McGlynn/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson accused the Scottish National Party on Wednesday of using devolution to campaign for the break up of the United Kingdom.

After being criticised for saying devolution was a disaster at a meeting with lawmakers from his Conservative Party, Johnson, who did not directly comment on whether he thought devolution was a disaster, told parliament:

“I think what has unquestionably been a disaster is the way in which the Scottish nationalist (National) party have taken and used devolution as a means ... to constantly to campaign for the break up of our country and to turn devolution ... into a mission to break up the UK.”

Reporting by William James, writing by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Kate Holton