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Nicola Sturgeon to seek ‘legal referendum’ on Scottish self-reliance

Nicola Sturgeon has accused Boris Johnson of being “frightened of democracy” and said she will look for a “legal referendum” on Scottish self-reliance.

Scotland’s first minister claimed the prime minister “fears the verdict and the will of the Scottish individuals” over his refusal to accept another independence vote.

Meanwhile the leader of the devolved administration in Northern Ireland, Arlene Foster, stated a referendum on whether the nation must remain part of the UK or unify with Ireland would be “dissentious” and “negligent”.

She insisted she was not “dead versus it” however believed that political leaders ought to be focused on fighting coronavirus, after a Sunday Times survey found 51% of individuals in Northern Ireland want such a referendum in the next 5 years.

The dual hazards to the union followed the Scottish National Celebration revealed a “roadmap to a referendum”, setting out an 11-point plan on how they plan to take forward their plans for a second vote.


The celebration desires a “legal referendum” to be held after the pandemic if there is a pro-independence bulk following May’s Scottish parliamentary elections.

The “roadmap” likewise mentions any effort by the UK federal government to challenge the legality of the referendum in the courts will be “vigorously opposed”.

Mr Johnson has actually previously said there should be a 40-year gap in between the last Scottish self-reliance vote in 2014 and any future one.

Inquired about the prime minister’s discuss the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, Ms Sturgeon said: “He’s frightened of democracy. The surveys now reveal a majority of people in Scotland desire independence.

” If the SNP win the Scottish election in a few months’ time on a proposition of providing individuals that option then what democrat could appropriately stand in the method of that.

” Boris Johnson plainly simply fears the verdict and the will of the Scottish individuals.”

Asked whether she would seek an advisory “home-made Scottish referendum” even if one is refused by Mr Johnson’s government, Ms Sturgeon responded: “I want to have a legal referendum. That’s what I’m going to seek the authority of the Scottish people for in May.

” If they provide me that authority, that’s what I plan to do – have a legal referendum, provide people in Scotland the right to chose.

” That’s democracy. It’s not about what I desire or what Boris Johnson desires.”

Ms Sturgeon likewise told Marr she thought there was “no reason” to delay the 6 May elections in spite of the coronavirus pandemic.

” We may need to do the election in a different way, with postal voting for example, but I see no reason that it should not go on at this stage,” she said.

” Many countries have actually had elections throughout the pandemic.”

A Section 30 order – part of the Scotland Act 1998 – allows Holyrood to pass laws normally reserved to Westminster. It was approved by the UK government ahead of the 2014 self-reliance referendum.

A series of surveys commissioned by day Times revealed more citizens throughout all 4 UK countries expected Scotland to be out of the UK within 10 years than believed it would still remain.

The surveys also discovered 49% of individuals in Scotland backed self-reliance compared to 44% versus – a margin of 52% to 48% if the undecideds are left out.

Opposition parties have actually accused the SNP of putting the push for independence ahead of the reaction to the coronavirus pandemic.

Scottish Labour interim leader Jackie Baillie said: “Scotland is deep in turmoil with thousands facing a cost of living crisis and thousands more people being lost to the virus.

” It is untenable that at this time of intense crisis the SNP seeks to put its plan for self-reliance above whatever else.”

In Northern Ireland, Ms Foster dismissed the chance her pro-union DUP might be on the losing side of a referendum on Irish unification, based on the Sunday Times survey’s findings.

“I can argue for a United Kingdom every day of the week due to the fact that of course the arguments are reasonable, they’re logical and they will win through and no one is suggesting, not even this poll is recommending that we would lose if there was a border poll,” she told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday.

“But it would be incredibly divisive and I believe most people in Northern Ireland want us to handle what remains in front people at present and naturally, what remains in front of us is handling a pandemic and really settling down in Northern Ireland.

“We just came back into devolution after 3 years out of devolution in January of in 2015 and then we entered into the pandemic in March.

“For that reason we need to proceed with all of the things that matter to everybody in their daily lives which’s what I’m focused on and it’s what everyone should be concentrated on.”

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