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England.  The Scottish Government wants to hold a referendum.

England. The Scottish Government wants to hold a referendum.

The Prime Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon speaks at a press conference in Edinburgh to mark the release of a new study on Scottish independence. Photo: Russell Chain / PA Wire / DPA

The main stone

Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon wants to hold a new referendum on the independence of the British part of the country, if necessary, without the consent of the federal government in London. Sturgeon told a news conference in Edinburgh on Tuesday.

The Scottish National Party (SNP) politician said that although the referendum should be legal, you are facing a British government that “does not respect democracy or the rule of law.”

So Sturgeon announced that he would soon be presenting plans on how to avoid the really necessary approval for another independent referendum in London. Sturgeon said the Scottish Parliament “has an undeniable democratic mandate”.

Headwind came immediately from London: “This is not the time to talk about a second referendum,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

On Tuesday the regional government released the first of several documents aimed at promoting Scottish independence. Arguably, the part of the country with a population of approximately 5.5 million would be the most economically successful outside the United Kingdom. Other documents on currency, taxes and spending, security, social issues and EU membership and trade are expected to follow soon.

According to Sturgeon’s current plans, a second referendum will be held by the end of 2023. In the first referendum in 2014, a majority of 55 percent of voters were against secession from the United Kingdom. However, the SNP and its ally Scottish Greens argue that leaving the EU has fundamentally changed the situation.

A majority of Scots (62 per cent) voted against Brexit. So the Scottish government is determined to get Scotland back into the EU.