Edinburgh A newly elected member of the Scottish Parliament has taken the oath of office in German. Robertson had previously taken the oath in English. Why he chose the two languages becomes clear when one considers his family background.
“I, Angus Robertson, solemnly, sincerely and truly pledge my loyalty and allegiance to Queen Elizabeth, her successors and heirs,” the SNP politician said in Edinburgh on Thursday. The 51-year-old has a German mother and speaks German fluently.
The former leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in the British Parliament and a former BBC correspondent won the Edinburgh Central constituency in the Scottish capital as a direct candidate in the 6 May vote. There are a particularly large number of EU citizens who have the right to vote in Scotland. The SNP advocates independence from the UK and return to the European Union. She got the most votes in the election so far, but she missed out on an absolute majority.
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