News ID: 256949
Published: 0427 GMT August 06, 2019

Scottish Nationalists Press Ahead with Plans for Independence Referendum

Scottish Nationalists Press Ahead with Plans for Independence Referendum

Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has grabbed the political headlines by claiming there is now “growing urgency” for Scotland to become independent “sooner rather than later”.

Sturgeon, who is also the leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP), justified her position on account of Boris Johnson’s appointment as prime minister and, by extension, the increasing likelihood of a no-deal Brexit, Presstv Reported.

Scottish nationalists had always warned that a disorderly exit from the European Union (EU) would accelerate their plans to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence.

The SNP is intent on holding an independence referendum, the second since September 2014, in the second half of 2020.

The latest opinion polling data supports the Scottish nationalists’ quest for a new referendum.  

An opinion survey by pollster Lord Ashcroft, a leading businessman and a former chairman of the Conservative party, suggests that 46 percent of Scots would vote for independence and 43 percent would prefer to stay within the UK.

This is the clearest support for independence since an Ipsos MORI survey in March 2017 and the biggest lead in percentage points since a quick succession of polls in June 2016, in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the EU.

Sturgeon’s political offensive pulls the rug from under the feet of newly-installed PM, Boris Johnson, who in his first two weeks in office has tried hard to shore up support for the union.

In late July Johnson was booed and jeered by protestors in Edinburgh as he arrived for talks with Sturgeon.

The Conservatives appear to be losing cohesion in Scotland, as demonstrated by Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson’s opposition to Johnson’s plan for a no-deal Brexit.

The convergence of anti-Brexit sentiment and pro-independence ideology looks set to generate irresistible demands for a second Scottish independence referendum in the second half of 2020.

 

 

   
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