The UK local and regional elections are the first nationwide mood test since the outbreak of Brexit and epidemics. The main interest is Scotland, which will set the course for a new referendum.
Peter Nonnenmaker from London
For the first time since the 2019 general election, voters in the UK, Scotland and Wales were called to the polls on Thursday when Brexit executive Boris Johnson won. Last May, during the devastating first waves of the Corona, all local and regional elections in Great Britain were canceled.
The elections that are now being created, along with the new ones, will make tomorrow’s the biggest ballot in decades. The British media called him “Super Thursday”. Around 5,000 city and county councils across the UK and seven regional mayors known as “metro mayors” are to be re-elected. In London, the largest municipality in Western Europe, new elections for the city council and mayor of London are set to take place.
The results of this first nationwide psychiatric examination since the onset of Brexit and infection are eagerly awaited. There is no change in London itself. Labor Mayor Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim major in the Thames, knew he was in a relatively young, racially diverse and mostly European-leaning city.
In the north, by contrast, Johnson’s Conservatives have been pushed deeper under the Brexit banner into their old Labor homeland, sparking bitter power struggles in many places. Sir Khair Stormer, Labor’s top favorite in April last year, is having a tough time with the Tories. He fears he will lose the Hartlbull constituency, which has always been a “red” constituency, in which a by-election takes place.
The «pojo» scandals are causing tension among the Tories
On the other hand, no one knows how popular Prime Minister Johnson is now and what that means for his party. For weeks, “Bojo” thanked his government for its successful vaccination policy. In the end, though, he did A series of personal abuses Harmful. “For those who don’t like Boris very much, it can be a deciding factor,” a tense minister told the London Times.
The main interest of the state, however, is the masterful Scots who elect a new parliament for “their” nation. Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), has already declared the election “the most important in Scottish history.” Sturgeon would interpret this as an electoral mandate to call for a new referendum on Scottish independence if they were to come to a majority in the Edinburgh parliament.
Such a referendum should be held in the “first half” of the five-year term associated with it, he said. In fact, the chances of the SNP boss getting his “mandate” now are not bad. Even if the SNP loses an absolute majority, Sturgeon can count on Scotland’s Green Party, which, like the SNP, supports Scottish independence and presents itself as a junior partner to implement the referendum in such a case.
The last minute added only some uncertainty to the calculation Sturgeon’s divorced predecessor Alex Salmond Brought with him his new ல்ப alpha feast. Salmond, who claims to be a “true fighter for freedom”, has promised to force Sturgeon to take immediate action when he enters parliament – to declare Scottish independence unilaterally if necessary.
The SNP boss, on the other hand, wants to take his time at his polls – only so as not to alienate voters without hesitation. The first priority, he said, will be the fight against the epidemic over the next few months. There is no illusion that his re-election as Prime Minister of Scotland will already be a license for a new referendum.
The then Tory Prime Minister David Cameron approved the first referendum of this century, the 2014 referendum. However, Boris Johnson flatly rejected the second ballot, “Indrif 2”. If he sticks to this difficult line, there will be a real constitutional conflict in which the courts may have the last word.
If a referendum were to be held, its results would not be predictable today. According to a recent poll, exactly 50 percent of Scots want an independent Scotland. The other 50 percent don’t like it.
The idea of independence is becoming very popular even in Wales
Meanwhile, experts are turning their attention to Little Wales, which will elect its parliamentary legislature, the Senate, on Thursday. In Wales, which is closer to England than Scotland for historical reasons, the will for independence has never been stronger. To the utmost astonishment of top politicians in London, a survey in March showed that 39 per cent of all citizens of the “Chancellor” could now imagine saying “goodbye” or “Hill Four” to the United Kingdom. Six years ago it was only 3 percent.
For now, it will not push the smaller Liberal Party, Blade Zimru, to hold its “big sister” SNP in Scotland. But even Labor, the ruling party in Wales, is relying on a coalition partner after tomorrow’s election. Blade Zimru focuses on the question of disconnection from London in his election campaign.