An absolute majority by the SNP would give that party a much stronger argument for the right to act. New referendum on the independence of Scotland, Which must be approved by the authorities in London.
In the 129-seat Scottish Parliament, the Scottish National Party will have 64 deputies – one more than it won in the previous election in 2016. The Scottish branch came in second. Conservative Party, Which won 31 seats, the same number as before, and the third – the Scottish Labor Party with 22 seats (two losses), followed by the Scottish Green Party – eight seats (up two) and the Scottish Liberal Democrats – four seats (down one). The Alba Party – a new party founded a few weeks ago by the former head of the Scottish government and the former leader of the Scottish National Party Alexa Salmonda.
Results such as these mean that the parties supporting the independence of Scotland will still have a clear majority, as the secession is also supported by the Scottish Green Party.
This is the fourth consecutive victory for the Scottish National Party in elections to the Scottish Parliament, although it won only once – in 2011 it won an outright majority. After that election, then British Prime Minister David Cameron agreed to hold a referendum in Scotland on independence. It happened in the fall of 2014, and supporters of its membership in the United Kingdom won 55% to 45%.
Scottish Prime Minister and Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon described her fourth party’s victory as “historic and exceptional”. She said her priority would be to get the country out of the coronavirus epidemic, but when it is over, she wants a referendum on independence. As I have argued, there is no democratic justification for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, or anyone else in London, to obstruct the right of Scots to determine their own future.
Before the election, Sturgeon said she would like to see a referendum on independence in the first half of the new parliament’s term, that is, before the end of 2023. However, recent polls indicate that Scots have doubts once again that secession would be a good idea. In the last 14 studies, supporters of independence won only one out of three draws.
The results of the local elections in London were also announced on Saturday. It was won by the current Labor mayor, Sadiq Khan, who will remain in this position for a second term.
Khan received just over a million first choice votes, or about 40 percent, and his main competitor, Sean Bailey of the Conservative Party – less than 900,000, or about 36 percent. Because none of the 20 mayoral candidates got more than 50 percent. The first-choice votes, the first two – Khan and Bailey – went to the second round, in which both the first and second choice votes were counted. Khan received more than 1.2 million votes in the first and second choices (55.2%), and Bailey – less than 980,000 votes. (44.8%).
Date created: May 9, 2021, 12:46
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