Scottish Prime Minister wants independence referendum in 2021

Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said today that she plans to organize a second referendum on the independence of this British province in 2021 if the party she leads wins local elections next May.

“Next May, we will ask the Scottish people to give us confidence to continue to build a better country. I will ask for your approval, and no one else's, to organize a referendum on independence quickly, as soon as the new parliament is formed, ”said Sturgeon speaking to delegates at the annual conference of the Scottish Independent Party (SCP). ).

The desire for independence is returning in force to Scotland, with the end of the post-Brexit transition approaching and after the much criticized London management of the new coronavirus epidemic.

In the 2014 referendum, 55% of Scots voted to stay in the UK and since then, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly ruled out the possibility of Scotland taking a new vote, arguing that it was a ballot that takes place “a every generation ”.

However, Sturgeon argues that Brexit “changed the rules of the game” for Scots, who voted overwhelmingly against leaving the European Union (EU) in 2016.

Brexit will become reality on January 01, 2021, at the end of the transition period.

As the deadline approaches, London and Brussels are still trying to conclude a free trade agreement.

“Within a month, we will be facing a difficult Brexit, whether it is a 'no deal' or a 'bad deal'. Independence will not distract us from reconstruction after the covid-19. On the contrary, it is essential to achieve it ", warned the chief executive of Edinburgh, who also warned of" serious short-term damage and even worse damage in the long term ".

In early October, a poll conducted by Ipsos Moro gave the Scottish leader "very strong" public support, satisfying 72% of respondents with his management of the pandemic.

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