Scottish Prime Minister Sets Date for Independence Referendum

Scottish Prime Minister Sets Date for Independence Referendum

Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced in parliament on Tuesday that he plans to hold another independence referendum on October 19, 2023.

 

Sturgeon told the London government to ask for permission to hold a consultative referendum. She hopes British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will agree to a non-binding referendum.

In the event that approval is not forthcoming, the Scottish government will go to the British Supreme Court to investigate the lawfulness of a new referendum. Johnson has repeatedly expressed his opposition to a new referendum and appears unwilling to change his position. Still, Sturgeon emphasizes that Scotland can only gain independence through lawful means.

In 2014, a narrow majority in Scotland voted against independence from the United Kingdom. According to Sturgeon, the situation has changed because the country has left the European Union. In Scotland, a majority wanted to remain with the EU.

The prime minister thinks her election victory last year provides a clear mandate from the people for a new referendum, but the latest polls show there is still no majority for Scottish independence from the United Kingdom.

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