Scottish Prime Minister wants another independence referendum – EURACTIV.com

Scottish Prime Minister wants another independence referendum - EURACTIV.com

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon insisted on Wednesday that she would push for another referendum on Scottish independence if her party were to be reelected in the upcoming elections.

“There will be another independence referendum, if the people of Scotland will vote for another independence referendum,” she said, referring to the upcoming elections in the Edinburgh parliament.

Sturgeon proposed a no-confidence motion this week after criticism by his government for dealing with harassment complaints against his predecessor.

Sturgeon will now lead the Scottish National Party (SNP) under the plan in the general election on 6 May, after being acquitted of a possible violation of the so-called “Ministerial Code”.

Sturgeon, who has been in power since 2014, said yesterday that the election was an “opportunity” to allow people to vote on their balance sheets. According to election forecasts, the SNP should be able to secure a majority again – and thereby reduce its push for another independence vote.

The Scottish people had already voted against independence in 2014. However, the SNP argues that Britain’s exit from the European Union – which was opposed by most Scots – has dramatically changed the political situation.

The party introduced plans this week to hold a referendum before the end of 2023.

However, there would be strong opposition from the UK government in London to allow such a vote. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeated another referendum, describing the 2014 version as “a closed issue within a generation”.

While speaking to a parliamentary committee in London on Wednesday, he again said that he would definitely see the result. [der Parlamentswahlen] Honor “, but any further referendum will be” toxic and divisive “.

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According to recent opinion polls, the Scottish population is practically 50:50 divided on whether to remain part of Britain or to become a separate state.

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