Scottish Prime Minister Nicolas Sturgeon said she would hold a consultative referendum on independence in Scotland if her SNP won a majority in the Scottish Parliamentary elections in May, regardless of what Westminster thinks.
Scotland needs British government approval to organize a referendum, but Sturgeon has threatened legal action if Prime Minister Boris Johnson continues to oppose the vote.
According to the prime minister, Brexit has changed the political situation in the kingdom to such an extent that government permission is no longer needed.
I would like to arrange a legal referendum and will request a power of attorney for that from the Scottish people in May. Sturgeon told the BBC on Sunday if they give me this power of attorney, that is what I intend to do.
Britain left the European Union against the will of the Scots
When Scotland held its most recent independence referendum in 2014, 55 percent of Scots voted to remain in Britain while 44 percent wanted Scotland to become independent.
Then Sturgeon accepted that a new referendum would not be imminent for at least a generation after that, but that he believed Britain would continue to belong to the European Union.
The SNP claims that the new referendum is now justified because one of the primary arguments for why so many Scots voted to remain in the UK in 2014 was that Scotland should continue to be part of the European Union.
According to a survey conducted by a market research firm YouGov A narrow majority supports Scottish independence.
The Coronavirus pandemic makes it uncertain whether parliamentary elections in Scotland can be held as planned on May 6.
Parliament of Scotland
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The opposition wants Scotland to focus on the Corona pandemic
Opposition leaders in Scotland say the SNP should not raise the issue of independence before the May parliamentary elections, but instead focus on the worrisome situation of the coronavirus.
752 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the past 24 hours in Scotland and four people have died.
During the pandemic, a total of around 173,000 cases of coronavirus were confirmed and 5,709 people died of covid-19 in Scotland.
So far, more than 400,000 Scots have received their first dose of the Corona vaccine.
The region, like Finland, has a population of just over five million.
Calor: Guardian, Reuters, Yle News, The Herald