PM Johnson: We should resist calls to break up United Kingdom

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets newly-elected Conservative MPs at the Houses of Parliament, London, Britain December 16, 2019. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said a majority in parliament wanted to resist calls to break up the United Kingdom, a reference to Scottish nationalist lawmakers who are demanding a new independence referendum.

“Most honourable members in this House believe we should resist the calls of those who would break up the United Kingdom and, as the parliament of the United Kingdom, we should politely and respectfully defend that partnership and that union,” Johnson told parliament following his election win last week.

Reporting by William James, Editing by Kylie MacLellan