The Scottish National Party (SNP) won the elections for the fourth time in a row, with its leader and Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon describing the victory as historic, even though the party itself did not win a majority. Sturgeon also confirmed her intention to push the referendum, despite British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s opposition.
The Scottish National Party won 64 of the 129 seats in the election. For the majority of 65 seats, the party lacks a single vote. However, eight seats were secured by the Scottish Greens, who also supported the independence of Scotland from the United Kingdom. Johnson’s Conservative party finished second.
On Saturday, sturgeon said holding a referendum was now “the will of the country.” She added that it would be absurd for any politician in London to try to block the referendum. “The only people who can decide the future of Scotland are the Scots,” she said. She said there was no democratic justification for trying to obstruct the referendum in light of the election results.
But Scotland should now focus on recovering from the pandemic, not on efforts to gain independence. “I think the referendum is irresponsible and ruthless in the current context,” the British Prime Minister told the Daily Telegraph.
Sturgeon previously stated that it intends to hold a referendum after the pandemic is over.
The Scottish National Party won a majority in the Scottish Parliament in 2011, when then-Prime Minister David Cameron allowed a referendum. However, in 2014, 55 percent of voters voted against secession from the United Kingdom.
Secessionist trends in Scotland, however, were subsequently supported by Brexit, which was rejected by most Scots in the Brexit referendum. Reuters reported that Scots’ hatred of Johnson’s conservative government is now playing a role, and their satisfaction with Prime Minister Sturgeon’s government dealing with the coronavirus crisis.