31 May 2019

Scotland eyes independence again

The pro-independence Scottish government has published new legislation allowing the country to hold a second statehood referendum.

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Why this story matters:

In 2014, the Scottish separatist movement lost by 10% to pro-UK voters, but Brexit has slightly boosted pro-indepence sentiment, leading the governing Scottish National Party to consider a second bid for separation. 

Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon told journalists that: “throughout the Brexit process, Scotland has been treated with contempt by Westminster, and our efforts to find compromise and protect the interests of the people of Scotland, who voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU, have been ignored.”

Although the Scottish National Party currently leads the polls and could succeed at capitilazing on Brexit resentment, they could also lose voter trust if an ongoing inquiry reveals that the party covered up the crimes of its former head, Alex Salmond, who was charged with attempted rape and sexual assault earlier this year.

Details from the story:

  • The new legislation does not specify dates, but Sturgeon declared she would hold a referendum before the 2021 elections -- whether or not Brexit takes place.
  • Three possible successors for Theresa May -- Rory Stewart, Sajid Javid and James Cleverly -- said they would block requests for another independence referendum.
  • Adam Tomkins, the Scottish Conservatives constitution spokesman, Adam Tomkins, describe the legislation as “a power grab on an industrial scale”, adding:  “It’s not about the democracy of letting people decide in a lawful referendum -- it’s about the diktat of an independence-obsessed first minister.”
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