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Nicola Sturgeon: The stubborn Scot and the Skegsid dream – comment

Nicola Sturgeon: The stubborn Scot and the Skegsid dream – comment

Once a year, the Queen visits Scotland for a week. Holyrood week This meant that this week was essential in the Queen’s calendar, so Elizabeth II went to Edinburgh on Monday. The Queen lives there at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where she invited thousands of guests to a garden party on Wednesday afternoon. However, this time the Queen was absent, she was represented by Prince Charles. As with her platinum anniversary celebrations, the Queen has only attended select meetings in Scotland this week, one of which was a reception for Nicola Sturgeon.

The Scottish Prime Minister brought with him many gifts, one thing that struck the Queen in particular: “It must be whisky.” “That’s whiskey,” Sturgeon agreed before explaining the other prizes. The Queen was delighted: “Well, what a good thing”, what a good thing. It is not known if the meeting went on very amicably, because after being greeted with whiskey, the cameras had to leave the room. To avoid misunderstandings, Sturgeon made at least one thing clear before the meeting: if Scotland ever becomes independent, the Queen will be head of state.

He joined the SNP in opposition to Margaret Thatcher’s policies

The question of whether Scotland can secede from the UK has been hotly debated again this week. The debate was again sparked by Sturgeon. The 51-year-old is leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and has been the leader of the government in Edinburgh since 2014. He is considered very firm, some say stubborn, and in any case, it should not be a coincidence that he announced a new independence referendum the day before his meeting with the Queen.

Independence from the British has been Sturgeon’s concern since joining the SNP at 16. He once became a member to block Margaret Thatcher’s conservative politics, he once said. Sturgeon, who is married to an SNPer, describes herself as a feminist and pacifist. After all, he is a proud Scot who wants to finally realize his dream of independence. On October 19, 2023, their comrades will vote for the second time.

For her, Brexit was a turning point in her relationship with the UK

So the question is: Will Scexit come after Brexit? Sturgeon would like nothing more, and she remembers what it was like in 2014, at the first poll. 55 percent voted to remain part of the UK. For Sturgeon, it was a slap in the face. Little did she know then that the pain would return two years later. In 2016, the UK voted overwhelmingly to leave the European Union. For Sturgeon, this was a turning point in relations between England and Scotland. The two countries have been united since the Act of Union was passed in 1707. However, in Sturgeon’s view, Brexit changed the fundamentals of business. In the end, Scotland voted 62 percent in a referendum to keep Great Britain in the EU.

Since then, the number of supporters of Scottish independence has first risen, then fallen again. Currently, 45 percent will vote in favor and 46 percent will vote against. There are many undecideds, and approval has sometimes been overwhelming. Sturgeon doesn’t want to hear it, but it’s clear to her that as long as Boris Johnson, unpopular in Scotland, is British prime minister, the prospects aren’t bad. The problem, however, is that he needs the approval of the British government for a referendum, which Johnson of course refuses. It looks like the UK Supreme Court will rule on the legality of Sturgeon’s ploy. Either way, giving up was not an option for her. And with all the struggle for freedom from the kingdom, Even to the sturgeon: God save the queen.