The first Minister of Scotland, the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon, has promised to demand that London be given the legal right to hold a referendum on the independence of the region amid her party’s success in the early parliamentary elections on Thursday, The Guardian reported.
Her remarks came on Friday during the vote count after the will, during which the SNP has already shown better results than in the previous elections in 2017.
The first minister said she had won “a renewed, refreshed and strengthened mandate” to call for a fresh independence vote after winning 47 of Scotland’s 59 Westminster seats, 11 more than in 2017.
A referendum on Scottish independence was held in 2014. Then 55% of its members spoke in favor of maintaining an alliance between Edinburgh and London. However, the ruling SNP in the region took advantage of the results of the general British referendum on further EU membership, at which the population of Scotland, unlike the UK, did not support Brexit for the most part. This circumstance gave rise to advance the idea of a new referendum on independence, which Sturgeon was going to organize before the end of the powers of the current convocation of the Scottish Parliament in 2021.