For the fourth time, the vast majority of the election map in Scotland has turned yellow, the color of the SNP.
Highest number of votes in the Scottish Parliament elections
The highest vote for any British party in more than half a century
The highest share of constituency seats for any British party since modern democracy began
🏴 The future of Scotland is the choice of Scotland pic.twitter.com/xVAuKs2tlQ
– Tom French (@ tomfrench85) May 8, 2021
Vote counting continues, but it is already known that the party will receive the most seats. It is almost certain that the independent majority in the SNP will lack one or two seats, but the party can count on the support of the Green Party, which also supports separation from London.
Nicola Sturgeon warned that no one should now be against voting in the referendum.
– If the Conservatives tried to do so, they would not oppose the Scottish National Party. They are against the will of the Scottish citizens. This will be the ultimate proof that the UK is not an alliance of equal partners. The head of the separatists said that the government in London no longer saw the kingdom as a voluntary union of states.
In southern England, the election map has turned blue. Boris Johnson’s conservatives were successful in the local elections, capturing many of the traditional strongholds of the crisis-stricken left. Nicola Sturgeon argued that the success of the Right was another reason the Scots chose independence.
Residents of Edinburgh and Glasgow often voice opinions of the left, and they are also often supportive of the European Union.
Most Scots support a progressive and open vision for the future of our nation. But we have many years ahead with a right-wing government obsessed with Brexit. The prime minister said that the government does not vote for it.
It is really an honor to be re-elected MSP in Glasgow Southside. I am grateful to everyone who voted for me and will represent the entire constituency as best I can.
And to my campaign team led by the distinguished election agent Embed a Tweet – You are all awesome https://t.co/VbI0qoCQTi
– Nicola Sturgeon (@ Nicola Sturgeon) May 7, 2021
The Scots are divided
But according to the research, the Scots are divided on independence. Although dozens of polls at the start of the year showed a clear advantage of “yes”, the results have recently been hovering around a tie.
In the past, Nicola Sturgeon suggested that another referendum would be better when several consecutive polls showed support for independence at around 60%.
These elections also demonstrated the ability to mobilize voters who do not want independence. In many circles, the Conservative supporters have shifted their votes tactically to the left in order to block the separatist candidate, and thus the Scottish National Party’s path to an independent majority.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has already stated that recovering from the pandemic is a bad time to talk about the independence referendum. The Times wrote that he remembers how his predecessor David Cameron’s Brexit referendum ended. According to the newspaper, Boris Johnson does not want history to be remembered as “the prime minister who lost Scotland.”
It is not at all clear whether the central government in London should agree to the vote. Seven years ago, David Cameron’s government did so, on the basis of a deal with the separatists. But Edinburgh might try to organize the vote itself, which could create a constitutional dispute that the courts would have to resolve.
Informacyjna Agencja Radiowa / IAR / Adam Dąbrowski, London / agkm