Scotland announces plan for independence vote in October 2023

by | Jun 28, 2022 | World

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon promises to take legal action to ensure a vote if the UK government tried to block it.Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced plans for a second referendum to be held on Scottish independence in October next year, promising to take legal action to ensure a vote if the British government tried to block it.
Sturgeon said on Tuesday that the Scottish government, which is led by her pro-independence Scottish National Party, would publish a referendum bill later, outlining plans for the secession vote to take place on October 19, 2023.
She also said she would be writing to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for permission to hold a consultative referendum, but had already set in motion plans to get the legal authority should he block the plans.
“What I am not willing to do, what I will never do, is allow Scottish democracy to be a prisoner of Boris Johnson or any prime minister,” Sturgeon told lawmakers in the devolved Scottish Parliament.
Voters in Scotland, which has a population of about 5.5 million, rejected independence in 2014. But Scotland’s semi-autonomous government has said the United Kingdom’s departure from the EU, which was opposed by a majority of Scots, means the question must be put to a second vote.
Strong objection
Johnson and his governing Conservative Party, which is in opposition in Scotland, strongly oppose a referendum, saying the issue was settled in 2014 when Scots voted aga …

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