Scottish Government Backs Up to Independence Referendum
The Scottish government of Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon resumes proceedings for a new independence referendum. That referendum should take place in 2023, according to Sturgeon in parliament.
The setting up of a new referendum was halted earlier because the government wanted to focus on fighting the corona pandemic.
According to the government, a referendum cannot occur until the corona crisis is over, but the Scottish government will resume work on a plan for independence. The conservative opposition wants Sturgeon to continue to focus on the situation surrounding the coronavirus. The Conservatives were one of three major parties to campaign to remain with the United Kingdom in the first Scottish independence referendum in 2014.
Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party took a major election victory in the regional parliamentary elections in May. This brought a new independence referendum one step closer. Sturgeon said politicians in London who want to stop the referendum are arguing with the “democratic wishes” of the Scots. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has already announced that he will not allow a referendum, but Sturgeon can challenge that in court.
In the previous referendum in 2014, 55 percent voted to stay in the UK, but that was before Brexit. Most Scots opposed Britain’s exit from the European Union.
In her speech Tuesday, Sturgeon also outlined other government plans. For example, it should become easier for transgender people to adjust their registered gender; everyone under 22 can take the bus for free from January and Scotland should get its own health service.