Candidates for Scottish independence will have to be (very) patient… London does not want a new independence referendum before 2024, requesting the necessary priority for the recovery of the Covid-19 economy. Questioned daily by the Telegraph whether there is a possibility that Prime Minister Boris Johnson would approve a referendum ahead of the elections scheduled for May 2024, Mr Gove replied: “I don’t think so.” Mr Gove said it was “foolish” to talk of a referendum as the country tries to recover from the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. “It seems to me at best reckless, at worst insane” to discuss Scottish independence when people expect us to work together to address these challenges. .
This did not fail to anger the Scottish Prime Minister and leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party SNP, Nicola Sturgeon, who heads the Scottish local government and called on Boris Johnson to authorize this referendum. Interviewed by the PA news agency, she called Michael Gove’s words “a kind of silly and arrogant condescension”, noting that every time a member of the British government expresses himself in this way, “he is just for freedom.” strengthens support”. In last May’s elections, the popular Nicola Sturgeon won a fourth term as head of the British nation.
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Boris Johnson, who has the final word on whether or not to authorize this referendum, strongly opposes it, believing that such consultations can only happen “once in a generation”. In the 2014 referendum, 55% of voters rejected independence. However, the SNP believes that Brexit has changed the game, with Scots protesting 62%, and the British nation should now be able to join the EU as an independent state.
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