Scottish nationalists with plan for independence referendum

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Scottish nationalists with plan for independence referendum


British Prime Minister rejects new referendum. Sharp criticism of the opposition parties in Edinburgh.


The Scottish flag (right) remains part of the Union Jack


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The Scottish flag (right) remains part of the Union Jack


With an 11-point plan, the Scottish nationalists have reinforced their demands for independence from Great Britain. The Scottish National Party (SNP) headed by Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that it would hold a “legal referendum” after the end of the pandemic.

The prerequisite is that pro-independence parties receive a majority again in the regional election planned for May 6th.

However, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson strictly rejects a new referendum. In its “roadmap”, the SNP emphasizes that the British government in London has three options. Either she admits that the Scottish Parliament already has the power to call a referendum, or she officially approves the vote.

Alternatively, they could try to challenge “the wishes of the Scottish people” in court. The party will vigorously oppose this, according to the document published on Saturday in the newspaper “The National”.

Sturgeon for second referendum

Prime Minister Sturgeon is vehemently in favor of a second referendum. She argues that Brexit, which the Scots rejected by a clear majority, sheds new light on the first referendum.

In 2014, a slim majority voted against the separation from Great Britain, at that time the United Kingdom was still a member of the EU. A majority of the polls are currently in favor of independence.

Opposition parties in Edinburgh sharply criticized the plans. The Labor Party said it was “inexcusable” that the SNP put its independence plans above everything in troubled times with thousands of corona deaths. The head of the Scottish Conservatives, Douglas Ross, announced on Twitter: “We will not allow this.”

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