Scottish leader accuses Boris Johnson of 'fearing democracy' over independence issue

25 Janvier, 2021, 11:23 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson

She said: "It's Robert Burns' birthday tomorrow, our annual Burns Day".

Ms. Sturgeon cited the fact that "the polls now show that a majority of people in Scotland want independence".

Sturgeon's Scottish National Party (SNP), which runs the semi-autonomous Edinburgh executive, laid out plans on Saturday for a new referendum if, as expected, it wins Scottish elections in May.

"I want to have a legal referendum, that's what I'm going to seek the authority of the Scottish people for in May and if they give me that authority that's what I intend to do", Ms. Sturgeon said.

She spoke as the Scottish National Party (SNP) was due to discuss its "roadmap to a referendum" at a policy forum on Sunday. "We can overcome the barriers of partition and build a new Ireland".

"Scotland could hold a preliminary referendum, calling for negotiations on independence", Alan Trench of University College's constitutional unit said.

This on the issue of allowing Scottish people to express their views on independence from the UK.

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A Panelbase within the survey found that Scotland would vote for independence by a margin of 52 per cent to 48 per cent. Support for holding a referendum on independence in the next five years is at 50 per cent to 43 per cent, while 7 per cent of voters don't know.

A new opinion poll has revealed that 31 per cent of Welsh voters want an independence referendum within the next five years. Republicans there want a so-called "border poll" on unification with the Republic of Ireland, an European Union member, while Unionists want to remain part of the United Kingdom.

Support for a United Ireland stands at 42% according to the polls, versus 47% who object to Northern Ireland leaving the UK.

In Wales, where support for independence is traditionally weakest, 23% still backed leaving the United Kingdom while 31% supported a referendum.

Mr. Johnson "will flatly refuse the demand", The Sunday Times quoted senior government sources as saying.

These included a new campaign to promote the benefits of the Union ahead of the Scottish election, and to consider further devolution only later and only as part of wider reforms to the United Kingdom, according to the newspaper.

The poll also found 53% in Scotland would vote to rejoin the EU.

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