Is Westminster competent to decide on behalf of the Scots for their future?
What was the outcome of the court’s decision among Scottish voters?
How has the chaos in London affected the lives of British households?
The UK government has been consumed by its political crisis and has not resolved economic pressure on British households. Scottish people have not elected that Conservative ruling and London banned them from deciding their future. Westminster must allow Scots to hold a referendum after support for Scottish independence rose in the latest polls.
Yes, to Independence
After the UK Supreme Court’s decision about Scotland, support for Scottish independence rose in the latest polls. One week after the top court’s announcement, Refiled & Wilton Strategies found that pro-independence support is leading the poll. As the Supreme Court and Westminster closed doors on the Scottish government, public backing has grown. The Yes response increased by 4%, while the No response dropped by 2% in the same survey.
Incompetent UK Government
As support for Scottish independence rose in the latest polls, it is clear that more youths prefer to be independent. A majority of Scots of every age group believe the current UK government is incompetent. Nevertheless, many have said the Scottish government is competent on every policy issue. Westminster must respect what people think and let them choose the governing they prefer for their future.
Most Scots say the Scottish National Party (SNP) is their top favourite political party. According to Refiled & Wilton, more Scots disapprove of the UK government’s economic and cultural policies today. Public support for Scottish independence rose in the latest polls. The Supreme Court’s ruling has undoubtedly increased the popularity of the SNP. In a near UK General Election, 41% would vote for the SNP, 31% for the Labours, and 16% for the Conservatives.
Another survey by Ipsos in partnership with STV News also found a rise in independence support. A poll of Ipsos’ Scottish Political showed 56% of Scots have said they would vote Yes in an independence referendum. The UK government banned the democratic right of the Scots to decide about the future of their country. However, public support for Scottish independence rose in the latest polls. The Scottish government is benefiting from the unfair decision of London.
Westminster vs SNP
According to Ipsos, 51% of Scots would vote for SNP in a UK General Election. Around 25% would prefer the Labour Party, and only 13% would choose the Conservative candidates. If the SNP treats the next General Election as a de facto referendum on independence, it will gain enough votes. The consequence of the UK governance in Scotland is rising support of the SNP while disapproving of London policies.
De Facto Election
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced the next general election will be a de facto referendum on Scottish independence. Only an election would let the people of Scotland express their will and decide for their future. Following the Supreme Court’s decision, public support for Scottish independence rose in the latest polls. The next UK General Election could be an opportunity for the SNP to let people express their opinion on independence.
People Vs. Politicians
If the SNP wins more than 50% of the votes in Scotland, it will use it as a referendum result. People’s support for Scottish independence rose in the latest polls and could remain top in the 2025 General Election. Today, Scottish people trust the SNP more, and the UK government must not intervene in the proceedings based on self-determination. People who live in Scotland should shape their country, not the politicians in London.
Scottish nationalists have run the Parliament and Administration since 2007. they have been seeking independence to strengthen and embed democracy in Scotland. The SNP politicians won the majority of votes in the 2021 parliamentary and the 2022 council elections. They have always argued that an independent Scotland could have a better economy to tackle the cost-of-living crisis. The SNP manifesto promised an independence referendum, and Sturgeon had set a vote by 2023 for a more robust economic performance.
The UK inflation has risen sharply since 2021 and increased the frustration levels among Scotland’s population. Nearly three-quarters of the Scots blamed the UK government for this frustration. According to a survey, skyrocketing inflation and London’s political turmoil were among Scotland’s worrying issues. The Conservative Party was dealing with internal turmoil instead of lessening financial pressure on British households.
The UK cost-of-living crisis traces back through a decade of Conservative ruling under the impact of domestic and global factors. The global economic crisis, the Covid pandemic, Brexit, austerity, and political chaos are reasons behind today’s financial mess. In 2016, the UK government made a divisive decision through the Brexit vote. Later, the Covid pandemic, party-gate scandals, and the expected inflation growth made everything worse.
The decision to leave the EU was disastrous and against the wishes of the overwhelming majority of Scots. Brexit got the UK out of the EU’s Single Market, restricting the country to the Conservatives’ weak and unstable economy. The Scottish government had established a new economic model for a prosperous independent Scotland. The SNP has pledged to build greater prosperity and fairness for everyone in an independent Scotland.
If Scotland aims to eliminate the disaster of Brexit, achieving independence is not just desirable but essential. The UK faced enormous challenges after the Brexit vote while the cost-of-living crisis worsened. The UK government’s economy is a low-growth and highly unequal, holding back the whole country. After Brexit, London is no longer Europe’s dominant financial centre, and the UK lags behind other EU countries.
Recession Hit Britain
The Resolution Foundation think tank had already published a paper about the damaging consequences of Brexit. The report said Brexit dragged down the UK’s growth potential and damaged the country’s competitiveness. Moreover, the rising food and energy prices have squeezed households’ budgets. However, the UK Conservative government was dealing with a leadership crisis. At the same time, the UK entered a period of a prolonged recession that could continue in the coming year.
Chaos at Westminster has destabilized the nation’s economic life and accelerated inflation. The ruling Conservative party at NO 10 has been in a mess while the UK inflation hit a double-digit rate. The Conservative administration must have focused on what matters to British households. London should no longer decide on behalf of the Scots by allowing the Scottish government to hold a referendum.
Similarly, Scotland has to suffer the recession, so the Scottish people should have the right to challenge Westminster sovereignty. Two-thirds of Scots trust the Scottish government to work in the country’s best interests. Scotland is a definable nation capable of self-governance, and a Scottish government can better address the country’s needs. Support for Scottish independence rose in the latest polls, and the next General Election could be the best means for a de facto referendum.