BORIS Johnson has suggested he would rather be out of power than accede to second referendums on Europe and Scottish independence.

The Prime Minister said the issue would be a "red line" for him if he was trying to operate a minority government or form a coalition.

Mr Johnson launched the Scottish Conservative manifesto in North Queensferry with a promise that a Tory majority government would deliver Brexit and block Indyref2.

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Asked if he would also rule out both referendums if he failed to win a majority and had to talk to other parties to form a government, and whether it would be a "red line" in those talks, he confirmed it would.

He said: “I certainly can rule out any such, ah, because I genuinely think any such referendum, I genuinely think they would be bad for our country.

“It’s not the way forward now. We’ve honoured democracy.”

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Mr Johnson previously said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than ask the EU to extend the Brexit deadline beyond October 31 but did it anyway.