SNP Seeks Second Independence Referendum
The idea of holding a second referendum on independence from the UK following secession from the EU has been repeatedly debated by Scottish independence activists. Although the UK voted to leave the EU as a whole, 62% of Scots voted in favour of staying. After Brexit, which was against the will of the Scots, they decided to hold a referendum again. Polls show that the Scottish people’s tendency to secede from the UK and rejoin the EU is on the rise, while the Scots have previously opposed secession. Scotland’s first referendum on independence was held in 2014 in which 55% of those who voted wanted to remain in the UK, but now Scots say the situation has changed since the UK left the EU. Boris Johnson’s government has dealt a severe blow to the Scottish economy. In the view of First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, there is no better deal than the benefits of staying in the EU, so Sturgeon and her party are seeking a referendum to gain Scottish independence and then rejoin the EU.
Salmond, a New Trouble for Nikola
During the prosecution, Salmond was able to question the legitimacy of the government’s investigation against him, and in 2020 he was acquitted of all charges. Nicola Sturgeon is under intense pressure to answer for allegations that she misled her country’s parliament. The allegations were made by Alex Salmond, the former leader of the Scottish National Part (SNP), after a series of previously secret legal advice and new witness documents led to requests for his resignation as First Minister. Duncan Hamilton, Salmond’s lawyer, wrote a letter to a Scottish Parliamentary Committee confirming the former Scottish Prime Minister’s claim that Sturgeon had offered to intervene in the preliminary investigation on behalf of Salmond at a private meeting at his home on 2 April 2018. Scotland’s first minister has denied any wrongdoing, as well as Salmond’s allegations that people close to her, including her husband, the chief executive of the SNP, conspired against her. Nicola Sturgeon has suggested Alex Salmond still has to answer questions about his past behaviour towards women, after she accused him of peddling “wild, untrue and baseless claims” about a conspiracy against him. The first minister implied that Salmond, her former mentor and predecessor as SNP leader, was being dishonest about his motives after he turned down several offers to give evidence to a Holyrood inquiry. Speaking during a Covid-19 briefing, as Holyrood officials confirmed Salmond was now expected to appear before MSPs on Friday, Sturgeon accused him of diverting attention from questions about his past conduct.
Media-Political Attacks Against Independence!!
Scotland held a referendum on its independence from the UK in 2014, in which a majority of voters were in favour of continuing the alliance with the UK. But two years later, the UK was forced to decide whether to leave or continue its membership in the EU, and a majority of people voted to leave. However, 62% of Scots wanted the UK to remain in the EU. This prompted the SNP to push for another referendum. The Scottish leaders believe that the situation is different now and this is why the Scots should reconsider their independence. London is completely opposed to the idea. Boris Johnson strongly opposes the Scots’ decision to secede from the UK and believes that the independence referendum should be held only once per generation. Alex Salmond, who previously supported the idea of Scottish independence from the UK, recently said that Scotland was not yet ready to secede and become an independent state. His remarks contradict what he said a few years ago, that Scotland could become a prosperous country if it seceded; now, he is speaking against the will of the Scottish people.
Roadmap to Staring the Independence Process
A few days ago, the SNP published the roadmap to holding a referendum on independence and announced its readiness to go ahead without the permission of the central government in London. Party officials have vowed to vote on a bill to hold a referendum on secession after the end of the pandemic if they win the local elections. According to a Lucidtalk poll, Scots expect the region to become independent in 10 years.
As the Scottish elections approach, which looks set to have a major impact on the region’s future, accusations against Nicola Sturgeon are soaring to prevent the SNP from winning a majority and destroy the will of the Scots’ for the region’s independence. Internal strife in Scotland and attempts to discredit Nicola Sturgeon could affect views on Scotland’s independence from the UK and cast doubt on the party’s support for it. But what is clear is that Scotland’s independence will happen sooner or later, and such accusations can only delay Scotland’s independence referendum for a short time.