Scottish first minister pushes for independence referendum

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Sunday she would press ahead with her campaign to get Scotland out of Britain, despite losing a Supreme Court case seeking permission to hold a new referendum on independence.

The leader of the Scottish government wants to hold a referendum in October 2023, but England’s conservative government in London has opposed it. Britain’s Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on Tuesday over whether Scotland’s semi-autonomous administration can hold an independence referendum without the UK government’s approval.

Ms Sturgeon, who leads the Scottish National Party, has said that if her government loses in court, she will hold the next UK national election to a referendum on whether to end the more than 300-year union between Scotland and England.

She didn’t give details of how the whole thing would work, but a referendum held without the approval of the British government would still not be valid in the eyes of the law.

Ms Sturgeon said she would “put her case before the people at a general election, otherwise Scottish democracy will be abandoned” if the courts block a potential referendum. ยป

“It should be done as a last resort,” he said. I don’t want to find myself in this position. I want a legal referendum,” he said.

Scotland and England have been politically united since 1707. Scotland has had its own parliament and government since 1999 and has developed its own policies, including public health and education. The UK government in London controls national security and fiscal policy issues.

In a referendum held in 2014, Scottish voters rejected independence by 55%, in what was said to be a once-in-a-generation choice. Nicola Sturgeon’s government has argued that Britain’s exit from the European Union and the Covid-19 pandemic have upended politics and the economy, and that it is time to reconsider the cause of the crisis.

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British voters narrowly approved Brexit in a 2016 referendum, but Scots voted to remain in the EU.

Ms Sturgeon’s party, along with the Scottish Green Party, leads a pro-independence majority in the Scottish Parliament and she said support for another independence referendum created a ‘clear democratic mandate’.

The prime minister promised to present documents in the coming weeks detailing the economic basis for independence. These supporting documents will also answer specific questions, for example, the currency used following this section.

He said his goal of holding a referendum within a year was realistic. “There is no point in speculating on the outcome of the investigation, but if the outcome proves positive, our plans are ready to go,” he said.

Polls show Scotland is evenly split on independence. Labour’s Alistair Darling, the former UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, said polls showed a majority of Scots did not want a referendum anytime soon.

“Our country is being torn apart, and this uncertainty is affecting our growth prospects and our well-being,” Darling said.

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