The British government refuses to allow another vote for Scottish independence.
The Scottish Prime Minister announced on Tuesday June 28 that she wanted to organize a referendum “advisoryon the independence of the British nation in October 2023, despite the failure of a previous consultation in 2014 and the refusal of the British government to allow this vote.
“I can announce that the Scottish Government is proposing that the independence referendum be held on 19th October 2023Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told local Parliament. To organize this referendum, Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the independence party SNP, must obtain the agreement of the British government which is firmly opposed to it. The Scots had already been consulted on the subject in 2014 and had voted 55% to remain within the United Kingdom. Building on that previous vote, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson argues that such a referendum cannot happen.only once per generation“.
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The SNP, however, believes that Brexit has been a game-changer, with Scots opposing it by 62%. The SNP’s aim is for Scotland to join the European Union as an independent state. Nicola Sturgeon said she was ready to negotiate with Boris Johnson but warned that she would not allow “Scottish democracy is a prisoner of Boris Johnson or any Prime Minister“. Before this speech, Boris Johnson reiterated his commitment to the unity of the kingdom. “We certainly think our plan for a stronger economy works better when the UK is united than when it is not.“, declared the conservative leader on British television on Tuesday on the sidelines of the G7 in Germany.
Supreme Court opinion
If the court, which confirmed that it would study “in good time» the case, decided in his favor, the leader of the separatists will have succeeded in his bet. In the event of a defeat in court, Nicola Sturgeon warned that she would use the next legislative elections, scheduled for 2024, as a “de facto referendum“. His party would then campaign on only one issue:Should Scotland become an independent country?“.
But according to former Supreme Court Justice Jonathan Sumption, Nicola Sturgeon is embarking on “a very difficult path“. The devolution of powers to the UK gives London clear veto power over any further votes, he claimed on the BBC. If the polls show that Scottish opinion remains divided on the question of independence, the popular leader of the separatists relies on her fourth mandate – obtained last year – to justify her approach, as she explained in a letter to Boris Johnson.
Nicola Sturgeon’s ‘selfish obsession’
“You and I will never agree on the merits of independence for Scotland. But I would expect a Democrat to find it unacceptable that the people of Scotland would be prevented from making that choice given the clear majority for a referendum in the Scottish Parliament“, she wrote to him. Reacting to his project as he was on his way to the NATO summit in Madrid, Boris Johnson promised to study it “very carefully» and to answer «appropriately“. However, he held that “the priority of this country should be to build a stronger economyafter the pandemic.
The leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Douglas Ross, denounced the “selfish obsessionby Nicola Sturgeon for a referendumdividing”, believing that the Scots cared more about the crisis in the cost of living or the waiting times for treatment. Nicola Sturgeon’s determined speech coincides with the presence in Scotland this week of Queen Elizabeth II. The 96-year-old sovereign has been taking part in a week of royal events in Scotland since Monday, alongside members of her family.
The Queen, who has had trouble getting around for months, appeared smiling on Tuesday watching a military parade in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. Although as monarch, Elizabeth II must observe strict political neutrality, The Telegraph considered that her unexpected visit to Scotland “had political impact as always polite“. “Without even speaking – and almost without moving in public – she launched into the kind of display of soft diplomacy she has spent 70 years perfecting.“, Estimated the conservative newspaper.
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