Scottish nationalists take advantage of British chaos to defend independence referendum
The ruinous move into action of the Liz government Truss has given ammunition to the Scottish National Party (SNP) in its independence aspirations.
The mess created, “is a symptom of the dysfunction in Westminster”, declared Mr. Keith Brown, SNP number two at the opening of the party's annual conference in Aberdeen. The British prime minister“has caused even more chaos and confusion than estimated in the most pessimistic predictions”, he added.
Among the delegates attending the opening session on Saturday was the chief minister, Nicola Sturgeon, who in previous interviews had criticized the fact that Truss, a month after taking office position at the head of the Executive, I would not have spoken with her yet. “It is absurd” and something “unprecedented,” to the BBC. “I don't know. whether it is arrogance, disrespect, insecurity, or something else. It is not the way to act of a responsible government”.
Both Theresa May and Boris Johnson had phoned Sturgeon shortly after being appointed. During the campaign for the Conservative leadership, Truss had accused the SNP leader of She was someone &ldquowho seeks to always attract attention”, and it was best to ignore her.
Challenge in the Supreme Court
Truss's silence, given to making enemies gratuitously, could have another cause. This week is The lawsuit filed by the Scottish executive alleging that the autonomous parliament of Holyrood in Edinburgh has the power to call an independence referendumwithout the consent of the Scottish government is scheduled to be heard in the Supreme Court. United Kingdom.
The last three British prime ministers have refused to authorize a second consultation. Sturgeon has set the date of October 19 of next year to carry out the vote, provided that the Supreme Court judges authorize the Scottish government to do so, something that seems unlikely. In case of refusal, Sturgeon affirms that he will try to He hoped to get majority support for independence in the next general election, which he would regard as a referendum. The formula is considered confusing and lacking in legality.
Majority against independence
Polls show that almost eight years after the first referendum, the Scots remain as divided as ever, with 45% in favor of independence and 55% against. The youngest, between 16-24 years old (the majority of whom were not of legal voting age in 2014) make up the group most in favor of independence, 59% in favor , 41% oppose. On the other hand, among those over 65 years of age, the vast majority, 70%, are against separation, compared to 30% in favor of independence.
Sturgeon insists on the plan to hold the new referendum in 2023, but only 28% of Scots believe that the consultation should be carried out in such a short time, 59% against doing it. The percentages are equal 42%-41%, when it is proposed to hold the consultation within a period of five years.