İrem UZUN -TDO- Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Monday said she hopes to hold a referendum as early as next year. Scotland is scheduled to hold elections in May, with recent polls predicting that Sturgeon’s SNP could win decisively. Even though Scotland voted against leaving the UK in the previous independence vote in 2014, Brexit, which Scots voted against, has led to increased support for separation.
Addressing SNP conference, Sturgeon said breaking away from the rest of the UK was the only way to ensure the country could dictate its own future after the coronavirus pandemic and economic decline exposed cracks in the British system. She accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of undermining the power Scotland already has by pursuing a Brexit settlement her administration opposes.
The UK government has consistently rejected the possibility of a second vote. That stance was repeated on Monday as Johnson's spokesman Jamie Davies said: "The people of Scotland had a vote on this, and they voted to remain part of the United Kingdom". In response, “I will seek your authority, no one else’s, for a legal independence referendum to be held in the early part of the new Parliament,” Sturgeon said. “That inalienable right of self-determination cannot, and will not, be subject to a Westminster veto.”