Can Scotland force a second independence referendum

Draft law: Scotland plans new independence referendum

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Against the opposition of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon wants to push through a new referendum on Scotland's independence from the United Kingdom.

The Scottish government wants to launch a new independence referendum. In a bill, the time frame, the conditions and the exact question for the vote should now be set, as the Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday. In the next general election in May 2021, she will campaign for Scotland to become an independent country that can decide its own future.

But Sturgeon cannot force a referendum, it needs the approval of London. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly made it clear that he will not allow a second referendum. From his point of view, the question was clarified in the first referendum in 2014.

At that time, around 55 percent of Scots had spoken out against secession from the United Kingdom. However, Sturgeon argues that Brexit changed circumstances. In the British general election in December, Sturgeon's Scottish National Party SNP had gained. The party therefore sees itself confirmed in its striving for independence.

dpa / mam / LTO editorial team