Referendums in Great Britain are “not particularly funny events”, recalled the head of the British government.
Residents of Scotland are not yet ready for a new referendum on independence from Britain. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said this, BBC reports on Sunday, January 3.
“They (in Scotland) do not have a unifying force in the national atmosphere, it should only be like this once in a generation,” Johnson said.
He noted that a referendum on the continuation of UK membership in the European Economic Community (EEC) was held in 1975, and a referendum on Brexit in 2016. According to Johnson, in this case, we are talking about “the right time frame.”
Johnson also added that in his own experience, referendums in the UK are “not particularly fun events.”
Recall that in September 2014, a referendum was held on the independence of Scotland. Then 55% of Scots voted for Scotland to remain part of the UK.
But recently, Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said the region needs independence after the Brexit agreement between London and Brussels, which was voted against by the majority of Scots.
We will remind you, recent opinion polls showed that now the majority of people in Scotland support independence.
The decision to leave the UK from the EU is being implemented against the wishes of the Scots, so, according to the head of the Scottish government, it must gain independence.
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon reacted to the news about the agreement between London and Brussels on the relations of the parties after Brexit. The politician demanded to give Scotland independence. Sturgeon wrote this on her Twitter, which reports European Truth.
“Before the fuss begins, it’s worth remembering that Brexit is happening against the will of the Scots. There is no deal that can ever make up for what Brexit took from us. It is time for us to determine our own future as an independent, European nation,” she stressed.
Earlier on Thursday, December 24, it was reported that the EU and the UK managed to work out an agreement on the future relationship after Brexit.
Recall that recent opinion polls have shown that a majority of people in Scotland support independence. Meanwhile, in 2014, in a referendum on Scottish independence 55% of citizens voted against separation from Britain.
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 Brexit has changed the rules of the game for the Scots, who voted overwhelmingly against leaving the EU in 2016.
Leaving the EU 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.
Scotland became the first country in the world to make feminine hygiene products such as pads and tampons available to women free of charge.
Reported by The Guardian.
The Free Supply of “Periodic Products” Act passed its final round in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday. Now, local authorities must ensure that pads and tampons are available to all who need them.
This was made possible by a four-year campaign led by activist Monica Lennon that revolutionized public opinion about menstruation.
After the final decision, Lennon said it was “a proud day for Scotland”.
“It will make a huge difference in the lives of women and girls, as well as anyone who is menstruating. A few years ago, there was never an open discussion of menstruation in the Holyrood Chamber (Scottish Parliament), but now it is mainstream,” the activist said.
British police have launched an investigation into MP Margaret Ferrier, who attended a meeting of the British House of Commons this week, suspecting that she had contracted a new type of coronavirus.
Ferrier also violated the rules of self-isolation by traveling home from London to Glasgow after learning that the diagnosis was confirmed. This was reported by the Sky News TV channel.
“This is absolutely irresponsible behavior. It is extremely irresponsible to expose fellow MPs and members of parliament to such a risk,” Speaker of the House of Commons Lindsay Hoyle told the TV channel.
The Scottish National Party, which Ferrier represents in parliament, has already announced that it is expelling a woman from its ranks. Many colleagues have already called on Ferrier, who has apologized for her act, to resign.
Explaining her behavior, the woman wrote on Twitter that, having felt mild symptoms of the disease at the end of last week, she was tested for coronavirus, but two days later, feeling better, she went to London for a meeting of parliament. On the same day, she learned that she was ill and went back to Glasgow without consulting anyone.
Since September 28, Great Britain has introduced fines for violation of the self-isolation regime by patients with COVID-19 in the amount of £1,000 to £10,000.