Scottish Prime Minister Pushes for Independence Referendum

Scotland’s Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has taken a first formal step towards a new referendum on independence

Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has gone to the Parliament in Edinburgh in order to secure the support needed for her plan to hold a new referendum on independence.

The Prime Minister told the Parliament in Edinburgh the Scottish people were threatened with being taken out of the European Union “against their will” because of Brexit.

In July last year, the UK voted to leave the European Union, however, the majority of voters in Scotland were in favor of remaining. The incumbent government in Scotland has put forward demands for a new referendum on independence, saying that Britain leaving the UK would have “massive implications” for Scotland’s economy and its position in the world.

To suggest that an emphatic election victory on the basis of a clear manifesto commitment and a parliamentary majority on an issue does not provide a mandate begs the question: what does? And it runs the real risk of undermining the democratic process.”

What I sought to do was to find a way of allowing Scotland to stay in the UK while also protecting the vital elements of our relationship with Europe. In other words, we tried to square the UK-wide vote to leave the EU with the Scottish vote to remain, and to give effect to how people in Scotland voted in both 2014 and 2016.

Sturgeon told the Parliament, and added that “the UK government is taking decisions entirely unilaterally which I, and many others, believe will deeply damage our economy, our society and our standing in the world.”

Scottish independence referendum was held in September 2014, with 55.3 percent voting against independence and 44.7 voting in favor.

A new referendum on independence requires consent from London,  because any legally binding vote on UK constitutional matters has to be authorised by the UK parliament.download movie Life now

Source: Euronews