Independence: Scottish government wants to hold a second referendum

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Independence&nbsp ;: the Scottish government wants to organize a second referendum

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon in the exhibit hall during day two of the Scottish National Party Conference on October 9 in Aberdeen.

Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said on Sunday she will press ahead with her campaign to get Scotland out of the UK even if she loses her Supreme Court case to win the vote. #x27;permission to hold another referendum on independence.

Scotland's Head of Government wants to hold a referendum in October 2023, but the UK's Conservative government United in London opposed it.

Britain's highest court is due to hear arguments from Tuesday on whether the the semi-autonomous administration of Scotland can hold an independence vote without the consent of the British government.

Ms Sturgeon, who leads the Scottish National Party, said if her government lost in court she would make the next UK national election a de facto plebiscite on whether or not to end the vote. The over 300 year union between Scotland and England.

She didn't give details of how it would all work out, but a vote held without UK government approval would still not be valid in the eyes of the law.

Mrs Sturgeon said that if the courts blocked a possible referendum, she would put her case before the people in a general election, otherwise Scottish democracy would be abandoned.

“This should be done as a last resort. I don't want to find myself in this position. I want to organize a legal referendum. »

— Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland

Scotland and England have been politically united since 1707. Scots have their own Parliament and their own government since 1999 and develop their own policies, including public health and education. The UK government in London controls national defense and fiscal policy issues.

Scottish voters rejected independence by 55% in a referendum held in 2014, a decision billed as a once-in-a-generation choice.

The government of Nicola Sturgeon has argued that Britain's withdrawal from the European Union and the COVID-19 pandemic have upended politics and the economy and that& #x27;now was the time to revisit the cause of independence.

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

The party of Ms Sturgeon leads a pro-independence majority in the Scottish Parliament, along with the Scottish Green Party, and she claimed that support has resulted in an indisputable democratic mandate for a new vote for the Scottish Parliament. independence.

The prime minister promised to produce documents over the next few weeks that would detail the economic basis for independence. These credentials would also answer specific questions, such as the currency used as a result of this split.

She argued that her goal of holding a referendum in a year was realistic. There is no point in speculating on the outcome of a hearing, but should the decision prove positive, our plans are ready to go, she said.

Polls suggest Scotland is evenly split on the independence issue. Labor Alistair Darling, a former UK Treasury chief, said polls also show a majority of Scots do not want a referendum anytime soon.

Our country is being torn apart and this uncertainty is hurting our growth prospects and our well-being, Mr. Darling said.

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