The British government has rejected a request from Scotland to be allowed to hold a second independence referendum
In a letter to Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of the Scottish Regional Government, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I have carefully considered your arguments for devolution from the British Parliament to the Scottish Parliament to hold another independence referendum. As our country faces unprecedented challenges at home and abroad, I do not agree that the time has come to return to a question that was clearly answered by the Scottish people in 2014.”
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In his letter, Johnson emphasized the importance of British and Scottish government cooperation on many issues.
“Scottish democracy will not be a prisoner of this or any other prime minister”
Nicola Sturgeon shared Johnson’s letter to her on Twitter, commenting that it was “one of his last acts as prime minister”.
“To put it bluntly, Scotland will have the opportunity to choose independence. Hopefully in a referendum on October 19, 2023, but if not, in a general election. Scottish democracy will not be a prisoner of this or any other prime minister.”
Scottish government wants to hold independence referendum on October 19, 2023
Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Sturgeon said on June 28 that they wanted to hold an independence referendum on October 19, 2023, that they would apply to the Supreme Court to determine the legality of this plan and that they were “ready and willing” to meet with the central government.
Stating that they will hold a referendum for consultation purposes and that the bill for this has been submitted to the parliament, Sturgeon stated that the people will be asked “Should Scotland be an independent country?” in the vote.