8 May 2021 is Saturday
Election success is becoming clear
Scottish SNP insists on a new referendum
Votes are counted after the general election in Scotland. The ruling party SNP is expecting an absolute majority. She could then pursue a referendum on Scottish independence. Prime Minister Johnson will come under heavy pressure.
Inspired by its leading success in parliamentary elections in Scotland, the ruling party SNP has strengthened its demands for a new independence referendum. Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that a referendum would be carried forward if there was a majority in Parliament and “when the time is right”. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson dismissed a referendum in the Daily Telegraph as “irresponsible and ruthless”.
In the British part of the country, the result of Thursday’s vote should be known on Saturday afternoon. Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party (SNP) is expecting an absolute majority. In this case, Johnson would come under greater pressure to allow a referendum. It is worth noting that the SNP will obviously get the most seats. It is also very likely that, together with the Greens, they will receive the majority of independence supporters in the regional parliament.
Sturgeon confirmed on Channel 4 that it would introduce a law calling for a new referendum. “If Boris Johnson wants to stop it, they have to go to court. In almost any other democracy it would be an absurd debate. If the people of Scotland voted for a pro-independence majority in the Scottish Parliament, any politician would Not near. Perfect for the way you stand. “
Absolute majority is still uncertain
In the election, the SNP had already won three constituencies earlier than the previous vote by Saturday morning. It is uncertain whether achieving an absolute majority will be sufficient. The Scottish Electoral System ensures an equitable mandate for other parties.
The constitutional question is also controversial. In the opinion of most experts, the government in London must agree to a referendum on the separation of Scotland from the United Kingdom. This is what happened in 2014. At the time, 55 percent of Scots voted against independence in the first referendum. However, some experts are of the opinion that the Scottish Parliament has the right to a referendum, as it decided in 1707 to side with England. The Supreme Court may ultimately decide.
“It would be irresponsible …”
The UK government insisted that the independence issue was resolved in 2014. Cabinet member George Eustice told Times Radio, “It would have been irresponsible to have another referendum and debate in the constitution if we could get out of this epidemic and focus on economic reform.” On the other hand, the SNP states that the initial situation has changed as a result of Brexit, which was denied by the Scots.
In the shadow of the Scottish election, the outcome of the general election in Wales was still awaited. Surprisingly, an absolute majority of the Labor Party emerged there. The Social Democrats expected victory, but not so clearly. Elsewhere, the Labor Party suffered heavy losses: the party lost dozens of seats and important positions in local elections in England. Labor, on the other hand, is likely to defend the mayor’s office in London. A result was not expected in the capital until this Sunday.
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