In autumn 2023 | Scottish government wants independence referendum

(Edinburgh) Despite London’s refusal and the failure of an earlier consultation, the Scottish Prime Minister on Tuesday reiterated her determination to organize a new referendum on the independence of the British nation in autumn 2023.

Posted at 10:08 am

Stuart GRAHAM with Pauline FROISSART in London
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“I can announce that the Scottish Government is proposing to hold the independence referendum on 19 October 2023,” Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told local Parliament.

To organize this referendum, Sturgeon, leader of the SNP, must obtain the approval of the British government, which is firmly opposed.

Scots were consulted on the issue back in 2014 and voted 55% to remain in the UK, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson claims on the basis of that vote that such a referendum cannot happen “just once in a generation”.

However, the SNP believes Brexit has turned the tide, with 62% of Scots opposed. The aim of the SNP is for Scotland to join the European Union as an independent country.

Nicola Sturgeon said she was ready to negotiate with the UK Prime Minister but warned she would not allow “Scottish democracy to be a prisoner of Boris Johnson”.

Anticipating a legal standoff, she took the lead, announcing that the Supreme Court had been asked to determine whether the Scottish Parliament had the power to legislate to organize this referendum without the consent of the UK government.

Supreme Court Opinion

If the court, which has promised to investigate the case “when the time comes,” rules in his favor, the Separatist leader has won his bet.

In the event of a defeat in court, Nicola Sturgeon warned against using the next general election, scheduled for 2024, as a “de facto referendum”. His party would then campaign for just one question: “Should Scotland become an independent country?” “.

But according to former Supreme Court Justice Jonathan Sumption, Mme The sturgeon is on “a very difficult path”. The transfer of powers to the UK gives London a clear veto over any further votes, he claimed to the BBC.

If opinion polls show that Scottish opinion remains divided on the issue of independence, the popular Independent leader is invoking her fourth mandate – received last year – to justify her actions, she explained in a letter to Boris Johnson .

“You and I will never agree on the merits of Scottish independence. But I would expect a Democrat to find it unacceptable that the people of Scotland should be prevented from making that choice given the clear majority in favor of a referendum in the Scottish Parliament,” she wrote to him.

Responding to his plan on the way to the NATO summit in Madrid, Boris Johnson promised to study it “very carefully” and respond “appropriately”.

However, he judged that “this country’s priority should be to build a stronger economy after the pandemic”.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has slammed Nicola Sturgeon’s “selfish obsession” with a “dividing” referendum, saying Scots care more about the cost of living crisis or vote wait times.

Nicola Sturgeon’s determined speech coincides with the presence of Queen Elizabeth II in Scotland this week.

The 96-year-old Sovereign has been attending a week of royal events in Scotland alongside members of her family since Monday.

The Queen, who has been struggling to get around for months, appeared smiling as she watched a military parade in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on Tuesday.

Although Elizabeth II, as monarch, is required to maintain strict political neutrality, The Telegraph felt her unannounced visit to Scotland had “polite effect as always”.

“Without speaking – and almost not moving in public – she began the kind of soft diplomacy she has spent 70 years perfecting,” the conservative newspaper said.

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