The Scottish government has published a bill to hold another referendum on independence for the region.
Nicolas Sturgeon’s government has passed a bill to hold another referendum on Scottish independence after the SARS CoV-2 pandemic ends or in the second half of the upcoming Scottish parliament, the BBC reported on Tuesday. Elections are scheduled for him in May this year. The term of this post is five years.
The ruling Scottish National Party announced that the bill would be passed in the new Parliament if it obtained a majority. The draft assumes the same referendum question that was already the subject of the 2014 referendum – “Should Scotland be an independent country?” Along with “yes” or “no” answers.
However, the bill provides for the right to vote not only for UK citizens but also for residents of the area and other citizens.
The UK ruling Conservative Party, the opposition Labor Party and the Liberal Democrats are against the initiative.
“Scotland should be rebuilt by the people who live here who care most about Scotland. Therefore, the future of Scotland must be the choice of Scotland.” – Scottish Constitutional Secretary Mike Russell commented.
Scotland held independence referendum in 2014 with a rate of 55.3%. Voters at the time supported the independence of Scotland, with a turnout of 84.59%. At the time, 45% were in favor of independence from London. Electors.
After the United Kingdom agreed to leave the European Union, the Scottish regional authorities renewed their efforts to hold another public referendum, explaining that the peoples of the region voted in favor of remaining in the European Union in a referendum. These efforts were blocked by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The prime minister says that even before the 2014 referendum it was decided that it would be the only referendum on this issue for the current generation.
According to Sturgeon, the London opposition is unsustainable in the long run. He claims that “if the people of Scotland vote for the plebiscite,” meaning the vote for the Scottish National Party, “it will be”.
As we wrote, the political mood in Scotland has changed since the last referendum and the assumption of independence has gained many supporters. An Ipsos MORI poll in October showed residents of Scotland their record support for the region’s secession from Britain. As many as 58 percent were in favor. Scots, 42 percent. Was against. Compared to the previous Ipsos MORI poll, support for the split increased by 8 percentage points.