Scotland: PM wants to hold an independence referendum in 2021

The Scottish leader enjoys “very wide” public support.

Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Monday, November 30, that she wants to quickly organize a second independence referendum if her party wins local elections next May, Le Figaro reported.

“Next May, we will ask the Scottish people to trust that we will continue to build a better country,” Sturgeon said at the annual convention of the Scottish National Party (SNP).

“I will ask for your approval and no one else’s so that the referendum on independence can be organized quickly as soon as a new parliament is formed,” the Prime Minister added.

A referendum was already held in 2014 and 55% of Scots voted to stay in the UK. Since then, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly ruled out the possibility of a new vote in Scotland, arguing that this vote was held “once in a generation.” But Nicola Sturgeon argues that has changed the rules of the game for the Scots, who voted overwhelmingly against leaving the in 2016.

Leaving the will become a reality on January 1, after the end of the transition period. As the deadline approaches, London and Brussels are still trying to negotiate a free trade agreement.

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