After the announcement of the referendum, Elizabeth II receives the Scottish Prime Minister

After the announcement of the referendum, Elizabeth II receives the Scottish Prime Minister

Queen Elizabeth II welcomed Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon in the audience on Wednesday, the day the leader announced her desire to hold a new referendum on Scottish independence in 2023.

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The 96-year-old sovereign receives the SNP independence party leader at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, where she is staying as she attends the traditional week of royal events in Scotland with several members of her family.

Dressed in a floral dress, the meeting was filmed without a cane, on which she now often leans. Nikola Surgeon hands him a bottle of a limited edition Johnnie Walker whiskey.

The contents of their exchange were not disclosed.

Despite strong opposition from the British government, the Scottish First Minister on Tuesday reaffirmed his determination to hold a new referendum on Scottish independence on 19 October 2023.

She said she had asked the Supreme Court to determine whether the Scottish Parliament has the power to legislate to hold this referendum without London’s consent.

Scots had already been consulted on the subject in 2014 and voted 55% to remain within the United Kingdom, and based on this vote, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson argues that such a referendum is “perfect”. generation only once”.

“The time is not right for constitutional change,” Mr Johnson reiterated on Wednesday from Madrid where he is attending the NATO summit.

Claiming to “focus on priorities” of the British such as the cost of living crisis, he however assured that he would study the project “carefully”.

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The Queen, who appears more and more rare due to ensuing problems, took part in a parade of the armed forces in Edinburgh on Tuesday, smiling and with a cane.

In early June, the British celebrated four days of the 70-year rule of Elizabeth II, who is the world’s oldest monarch in office.

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