Scots go to elections marked by demands for secession


Scotland’s National Party will have a new referendum on independence from Britain in 2023.

Scotland’s nationalists are not expected to win an absolute majority in a parliamentary election on Thursday, which could weaken their efforts to secure a new referendum on Scottish independence. It writes Reuters.

An opinion poll in the newspaper The Scotsman, shows that the Scottish National Party (SNP) will be missing six seats in having an absolute majority.

The survey was conducted by the election company Savanta Comres.

The SNP and its leader, Nicola Sturgeon, are going to the polls to have a new referendum on independence in 2023.

If a majority of voters on Thursday stand behind the party’s demands, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be “without any democratic or moral justification for rejecting a referendum,” Sturgeon said.

Sturgeon on Tuesday challenged the British Prime Minister with a statement that only the British courts will be able to stop another Scottish referendum on independence.

– I say outright that if Boris Johnson wants to stop it, then he must go to court.

In 2014, the Scots held a referendum on independence from Britain. Here, 55 per cent said yes to staying in the British Union.

But Sturgeon and her party believe the situation today is radically different. At the time, the assumption was that Britain would continue to be part of the EU. But it only lasted a short time, because a British referendum in 2016 ended with a yes to leaving the EU.

The British government led by Boris Johnson has repeatedly denied it. The Conservative British government believes the vote in 2014 was an option one gets once in a generation.

In a Brexit referendum, 62 per cent of Scots said they wanted to stay in the EU, thus going against the majority on a national basis.

– With all our talents and resources, Scotland should thrive and be one of the driving forces in the EU. Instead, we must stand on the sidelines, Sturgeon has said.

Although many use Brexit as an argument for a Scottish secession, it is not a given that there would be a majority for independence in a new referendum. A poll this week shows that 49 percent would vote no to secession, while 42 percent would vote yes.

Sturgeon is also not the only one who goes to the polls for secession. Her predecessor as Prime Minister and former party colleague Alex Salmond has started a new party – Alba, which is the Gaelic name for Scotland – with secession as almost the only point in the party program.

The Greens are also in favor of independence.

/ ritzau / Reuters


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