(Edinburgh) On the strength of his party’s victory in local elections, Scottish Independence First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urged Boris Johnson not to oppose the “will” of the Scottish people in favor of a referendum of self-determination.
The vote for the Parliament of Holyrode in Edinburgh was a major issue in the British local elections ‘Super Thursday’, with major implications for the unity of the United Kingdom, which was underlined by Brexit.
Losing one seat by an absolute majority, the popular Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party (SNP) won a fourth term as head of the British nation: it gets 64 out of 129 seats in the Scottish Parliament, according to the final results on Saturday Has been announced.
The Scottish Conservatives come in second place with 31 MPs, with their leader Douglas Ross congratulating himself on having “blocked the majority for the SNP and an independence referendum”.
But there may be boasting in the SNP, which was refused to accept a new referendum, an absolute majority obtained by the independence camp: the Greens, too, won eight seats, in favor of seceding from the United Kingdom. He was also successful in removing the new Alba party from former Scottish Prime Minister and former SNP leader Alex Salmond, a staunch opponent of Nicola Sturgeon and who won no seats.
The people of Scotland voted to give the pro-independence parties a majority in the Scottish Parliament.
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister
“There is simply no democratic justification for Boris Johnson or for anyone, to seek to block the right of the people of Scotland to choose their future,” she said. “This is the will of this country”.
Boris Johnson, who has the last word on whether or not to authorize this referendum, strongly opposes it, believing that such consultation can only take place “once in a generation”.
In the 2014 referendum, 55% of voters disapproved of independence. However, the SNP believe that Brexit is a game-changer, with 62% of the Scots opposed, and that the British nation should now be able to join the European Union as an independent state.
Boris Johnson, who did not visit Scotland during the campaign, congratulated the Scottish Prime Minister and invited him to a meeting with the UK government, saying there was a need to ‘work together’ on ‘common challenges’ such as recovering from the epidemic. More than 127,000 people live in Britain.
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In the rest of Britain, Thursday’s election, following the Tories’ emphatic victory in the 2019 Legislative Assembly elections and the first post-Brexit vote, was an examination of Boris Johnson for the Tories.
In England, labor opposition has been maintained in many prominent fiefdoms, most notably in London where Sadiq Khan, who became the first Muslim mayor of the European capital in 2016, was re-elected against the conservative Shaun Bailey. Labor have also won in Manchester or Liverpool.
But overall, the results are positive for the Prime Minister’s party, with the success of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, with progress in the fragmented and Brexit-conquered areas of the north and the victory of the headquarters of an MP from Hartlepul, a Labor 50 Remained strong for the year.
The Labor Party finds itself in the grip of internal strife after this stinging defeat. Called for questioning, its centrist leader Keir Starr promised that he would “do everything possible” to gain the trust of the popular classes, but his earlier decision fueled anger primarily in the Labor Left.
According to the PA news agency, M.to me UK Labor number two Angela Rainer has been removed from her post as party election officer.
In Wales, Labor can claim good results: they get 60 out of 30 seats in the local parliament, compared with 16 for the Tories, which allows them to remain in power.
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