First minister says that the Scottish independence movement will resume in 2022.
Edinburgh-Even a severe mutated form of the new coronavirus is not going to stop Nicola Sturgeon fighting for Scotland’s independence.
The Scottish Chief Minister gave a keynote address at the Scottish National Party Congress. She explained why she wants Scotland to be independent and assured her loyal members that they would have the chance to vote in the next referendum before 2023 ends.
Sturgeon stated that “Next year, as winter turns to spring, the new Crown pneumonia epidemic will allow most people living in Scotland to believe our future will be more secure because an independent country can truly recover.” “In the course of next year I will initiate the procedures for a vote before the end 2023.”
Omicron coronavirus was the main focus of the speech. However, opposition politicians were critical of the first minister’s inability to propose independence.
The Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Jackie Baillie, said: “In the face of the deepening public health crisis, the first minister’s focus is once again on the division between Scotland and the rest of the UK. “Disappointed and irresponsible.”
Recent opinion polls indicate that support for independence in Scotland has declined, despite the fact that opinion polls were conducted during the heights of the pandemic.
Sturgeon called for another referendum before 2023, after pro-independence parties had won a majority in May’s Scottish parliamentary elections.
Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister, has stated that he won’t agree to a referendum. However, the Scottish National Party has indicated its intent to legislate for new votes and go to court if necessary. After David Cameron, then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, agreed to allow the SNP to request a separate vote in the 2014 referendum, the pro-British party won.
Many opinion polls indicate that Scots don’t know much about the strategy for the Scottish National Party’s second referendum. Redfield Strategies and Wilton Strategies conducted a poll for POLITICO in September. It showed that Scots believe that London should have the power to hold one, rather than Edinburgh.
Survey’s separate poll Scotland Joint Think TankOn the eve SNP meeting, it was revealed by 54% of Scots that they do not want a referendum in the two-year period proposed by Sturgeon.