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Scotland wants an independence referendum in October 2023

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October 2023″,”text”:”I can announce that the Scottish Government proposes that the independence referendum be held on October 19, 2023″}}”>I can announce that the Scottish Government is proposing that the independence referendum be held on 19th October 2023said Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the independence party SNP.

Nicola Sturgeon launched a new campaign for Scottish independence on June 14, unveiling the first in a series of white papers advocating a break with the United Kingdom. This document, which analyzed the performance of ten European countries such as Ireland, Switzerland or Belgium, showed that these are more prosperous, fairer and more productive than the UKhad underlined the leader, who believes that she has an indisputable democratic mandate after the victory of his party in the local elections in 2021.

the SNP believes Brexit was a game-changer, with 62% of Scots against it. The party’s aim is for Scotland to join the European Union as an independent state.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon delivered her statement to the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, on June 28, 2022.

Photo: Getty Images/ANDY BUCHANAN

The Scots had already been consulted on the subject in 2014 and had voted 55% to remain within the United Kingdom.

arm wrestling

To organize this new referendum, Prime Minister Sturgeon will have to come up against the decision-making limits of the British government, which is firmly opposed to it. But expecting a legal tussle, she took the lead and announced that the Supreme Court had been asked to determine whether the Scottish Parliament had the power to legislate to organize this referendum without the agreement of the British government.

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If the Court decides in her favor, the leader of the separatists will have won her bet. In the event of defeat in court, Nicola Sturgeon has warned that she will use the next legislative elections, scheduled for 2024, as a de facto referendum. His party would then campaign on only one issue:?”,”text”:”Scotland should become an independent country?”}}”>should Scotland become an independent country?.

Either way, the people of Scotland will have their say. »

A quote from Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland

Prime Minister Sturgeon has said she is ready to negotiate with Boris Johnson, but has warned that she will not allow Scottish democracy is a prisoner of Boris Johnson or any Prime Minister.

A letter to Boris Johnson

While polls show that Scottish opinion remains divided on the question of independence, the popular leader of the independentists relies on her fourth mandate to justify her approach, as she explained in a letter addressed to the Prime Minister of UK.

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 »

A quote from Excerpt from Nicola Sturgeon’s letter to Boris Johnson

Reacting to his plan as he was on his way to the NATO summit in Madrid, Boris Johnson promised to study it very carefully and answer it appropriately.

However, he held that the priority of this country should be to build a stronger economy after the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, during a service of thanksgiving for the reign of Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul’s Cathedral, June 6, 2022.

Photo: Associated Press/Dan Kitwood

The leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Douglas Ross, denounced theselfish obsession by Nicola Sturgeon for a referendum dividingbelieving that Scots cared more about the cost of living crisis or waiting times for treatment.

Presence of Elizabeth II in Scotland

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, Edinburgh.

Queen Elizabeth II attends an Armed Forces Act of Loyalty Parade at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, on June 28, 2022, in Edinburgh.

Photo: Getty Images/Jeff J Mitchell

Although as monarch, Elizabeth II must observe strict political neutrality, the British daily The Telegraph felt that his unannounced visit to Scotland had a political impact, as always, polite.years to perfect”,”text”:”Without speaking, and almost without moving in public, she launched into the kind of display of soft diplomacy that she spent 70 years perfecting”}}”>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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