The electoral success of the Scottish National Party paved the way for a second consultation.
Parties supporting Scottish independence won a majority in the Scottish Parliament on Saturday, paving the way for a political, legal and constitutional standoff with Boris Johnson’s government over Britain’s future.
Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon immediately realized that this election success, her fourth in a row, gave her a clear mandate to hold a new self-determination referendum as soon as the coronavirus pandemic ended.
He found it absurd that the British Prime Minister could oppose the expression of the will of the Scottish people.
Nicola Sturgeon said, “There is no justification for Boris Johnson or anyone else to block the Scottish people’s right to decide their future.” “This is the will of the country,” said the leader of the provincial government.
The British government is up to Boris Johnson to decide whether to hold a new referendum following a ‘no’ supporters’ victory on independence in 2014, a prospect the Tory PM strongly opposes.
“I think a referendum in this context (of the pandemic) would be irresponsible and dangerous,” Boris Johnson told the Daily Telegraph.
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The SNP expected an absolute majority to overestimate its claim in the Edinburgh Parliament, but due to an electoral system favoring smaller parties, it lacks one seat out of 65.
Nationalists would nonetheless be able to count on the support of the Greens, who obtained eight seats and who voted in favor of the referendum.
Given the interruption with London, the result could be played on the court.
Nicola Sturgeon warned, “I cannot imagine a more powerful argument in favor of Scottish independence than the absurd and reprehensible idea of the Government of Westminster taking legal action to overthrow Scottish democracy.”
“In a normal democratic regime, the parties that make promises and those chosen to do so must keep them,” he said.
In 2014, Scots voted 55% in favor of keeping their nation in the UK, but Brexit, which they were heavily opposed, gave Scottish nationalists hope of achieving their goals again.
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