The Scotland’s Chief Minister Nicola Sturgeonpromised on Tuesday that the independence referendum scheduled for next year will be held “legally”, even if it does not have the approval of Westminster.
The leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) has relied on the “indisputable democratic mandate” that she has to carry out a popular consultation on independence of the territory after the last elections, in which it was one seat away from achieving the majority, although it has the support of Los Verdes.
Thus, he has underlined that his government is entitled to call a referendum and that it will be done legally even if it does not have the approval of the United Kingdom. “We must forge a way forward, if necessary without a Section 30 order”, the mechanism already used in 2014 by which London temporarily passed the power to legislate a referendum to Holyrood, the Scottish Parliament.
“I am ready to negotiate a Section 30 order if you now decide you are a Democrat,” Sturgeon said, referring to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. “What is going to change is that I will establish a legal path to go without a Section 30 if that is what is required. We have a government in the UK that does not respect democracy and does not respect the rule of law”, he remarked.
In that sense, Sturgeon has advanced that “very soon” he will complete a “significant” update of this entire process before Holyrood, which for the moment is in the legal advice phase. Revealing any details now would breach ministerial code, she has said.
Sturgeon’s words have taken place during the presentation of the new campaign to disassociate from London and the report entitled ‘Independence in the Modern World’. Richer, happier, fairer: why not Scotland?’, and in which an analysis of the performance of the United Kingdom is established in a series of economic and social indicators in relation to other European countries, such as Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland or Norway.
« After everything that happened, Brexit, COVID, Johnson, it’s time to establish a different and better vision. It’s time to talk about making Scotland richer and it’s time to talk about independence,” he said.
Parallel with Northern Ireland
Sturgeon has pointed out that Johnson ‘has no democratic authority in Scotland’a, nor the moral majority anywhere» and recalled that issues such as Brexit took them out of the European Union and the single market against their will, causing significant damage to trade, living standards and public services.
“Are we still tied to a UK economic model that condemns us to relatively poor economic and social outcomes that we probably start instead of improving outside the European Union, or instead do we raise our eyes with hope and optimism and take inspiration from comparable countries throughout exposed Europe?”, has the leader of the SNP.
«It’s time to debate independence (…) Scotland today is even more prepared than in 2014″, defended Sturgeon, who has been accompanied by the co-leader of The Greens, Patrick Harvie, who has advocated “charting a different future” at a time when they are obliged to respond to global challenges “with their hands tied” and while Westminster makes decisions for them.
Questioned about how to deal with a possible border situation like the one that is taking place in Northern IrelandSturgeon has recognized that if Scotland is in the European Union there will be problems, regulatory and customs requirements, but he trusts that they can be managed in a better way and that the benefits outweigh the challenges.
For its part, from 10 Downing Street have responded to the new campaign for independence, assessing that “this is not the time to talk about another referendum” and that they trust that the Scottish people want and expect both governments to “work together” to solve “global challenges” such as the high cost of living , the war in Ukraine and the rest of “issues that are important to their families and their communities.”
The scottish labor They have also questioned Sturgeon’s speech, which they have disgraced to be “playing politics while people’s lives and livelihoods are at stake.” “Thousands of Scots are forced to choose between heating and eating and even more face steep rises in their bills; our NHS (public health system) is in disarray with loss of life as a result and our transport infrastructure is crumbling before our eyes,” Scottish Labor leader Anas Sarwar told the BBC.
Let Nicola Sturgeon turn her back on the problems facing the people of Scotland and decide at this trouble spot in her own obsession is a sad example how disconnected this government is”, Sarwar has assessed, for whom the head of government uses Johnson and the conservatives “to feed her own political ambitions”.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism