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Sturgeon proposes to hold a second independence referendum in Scotland on October 19, 2023

Correspondent in London



Scottish Chief Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, is determined to hold a second independence referendum in Scotland, after a majority of voters decided in 2014 to remain part of the UK. But circumstances have changed with Brexit, defends Sturgeon, who this Tuesday announced in the Scottish Parliament his plan for the consultation to become a reality on October 19 of next year, with or without the consent of the British government, you must give your approval.

The one known as IndyRef2 It has been a source of conflict between Sturgeon and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is not willing to give in and who maintains that that first consultation, in which the unionists defended that being part of the United Kingdom was the only way to continue within the Union European Union, it was “a once-in-a-generation event.”

At the time, made possible by a deal between then Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish Chief Minister Alex Salmond, 55 percent of voters decided to stay while 45 percent favored independence. .

Johnson is not in a position to “lecture”

Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP), considered that “the UK Government is not in a position to lecture any other country on the need to respect democratic norms if it intends to try to thwart democracy at home.” and considered that “the United Kingdom is an association of consent, or it is not an association worthy of the name”. That is why he is proposing a road map with an eye on the autumn of 2023, arguing that the pro-independence majority in Holyrood, thanks to a coalition of the SNP with the Scottish Greens, represents a “democratic mandate” to reconsider the separation.

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A Downing Street spokesman reiterated that this is not the time to put another query on the table, noting that “lhe people of Scotland want and expect to see their two governments working together” to solve “issues that matter to them, their families and communities,” such as “the cost of living, protecting our long-term energy security, leading the international response against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and growing our economy so everyone has access to opportunities, skills and jobs for the future.”

In Westminster, the Conservatives and Labor argued that Sturgeon’s new road map is an attempt “shameless» to divert attention from the internal problems of their training.

The declaration of the main minister comes after this Monday the House of Commons voted in favor of a bill presented by the Executive of Boris Johnson that will allow it, once approved after it passes all the steps of the legislative process, unilaterally modify the Northern Ireland Protocolwhich is part of the Brexit agreement.

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