Updates: 04.05.2021 14:51
Published: 04.05.2021, 14:51
LONDON – Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told the British government that only a court can block a referendum on Scotland’s independence. The leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) released the statement on Sky News television ahead of the local parliamentary elections, which are waiting for Scotland on Thursday. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has long disagreed with the new referendum, saying voters rejected freedom in the 2014 referendum.
“If Boris Johnson (the referendum) wants to stop, I say he should take legal action,” Sturgeon said. According to him, the referendum will be legal and if the London federal government opposes it, the courts will decide on the dispute.
The SNP has promised to hold a referendum on independence in the first half of the five-year term if it wins the upcoming regional elections. According to Reuters, the party hopes to win a majority in the Scottish Parliament after the vote. The SNP last won in 2011, when then-British Prime Minister David Cameron agreed to hold a referendum. At the time, 55 percent of voters opposed leaving the union, along with England, Wales and Northern Ireland, while 45 percent were in favor.
Reuters reports that there are no clear rules for holding a referendum in the UK. By law, the British government argues that Scotland must seek permission from the British Parliament. Johnson insists he will reject all requests for a second referendum, as the issue was resolved for the entire generation in 2014. But according to Sturgeon, the prime minister has “no right to stand in the way of Scotland’s democratic decisions.”
According to a recent poll released by Sky News today, 50 percent of Scottish voters support the referendum.
Scotland is part of the United Kingdom, along with England, Wales and Northern Ireland. But it has its own legislature and government, but it has limited powers. Welsh and Northern Irish have similar self-government. The affairs of the United Kingdom are administered by the Central Government in London.