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Scotland wants to push independence referendum if necessary overseas

Scotland wants to push independence referendum if necessary overseas

The Scottish government wants to organize a new referendum on independence, whether London allows it or not. Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday he would force a referendum if necessary, “but in a legal way”.

However, Edinburgh faced a British government that “does not respect democracy nor the rule of law,” a SNP politician said. Because Scotland belongs to the United Kingdom, the central government in London must give permission for a referendum.

Sturgeon said he would soon present plans on how to circumvent the London order. She added that the Scottish Parliament had an “unchallenged democratic mandate on this”. The goal is for Scots to be able to vote for independence by the end of next year at the latest.

Immediately there was a headwind from London. A spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he did not believe “the time had come to talk about a second independence referendum”.

The Scottish government on Tuesday released the first of a series of documents on what the future of an independent Scotland would look like. In the 2014 referendum, 55% of Scots voted against leaving the UK.

However, the Scottish National Party and its Green Alliance partner argue that Brexit has fundamentally changed the situation. A majority of 62% of Scots voted against Brexit. The Scottish Government is committed to bringing Scotland back into the European Union.

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