In the parliamentary elections in Scotland, the pro-independence party SNP declared itself the winner. “Absolutely no one would have predicted the extent and the record height of our victory in this election,” said the chairman of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon, on Saturday evening. Shortly before all the votes were counted, it was already clear that the SNP was by far the strongest force in parliament and that it had even improved its result.
However, an absolute majority will probably miss the party that advocates a return to the EU. However, a majority of pro-independence supporters is still expected in parliament, as the Greens also advocate breaking away from Great Britain.
New independence referendum?
Sturgeon renewed its demand that the British government approve an independence referendum. Prime Minister Boris Johnson threatens a “battle with the democratic desires of the Scottish people” if he tries to block a vote, Sturgeon said.
Addressing Johnson, she said, “You will not succeed. The only people who can decide the future of Scotland are the Scots.” The timing of a referendum is a matter for the Scottish Parliament and “not a decision by Boris Johnson or any politician in Westminster”. The British Parliament has its seat in the London borough of Westminster.
Chances of absolute dwindled
The chances of an absolute majority in Parliament in Edinburgh dwindled on Saturday, as the renowned election researcher John Curtice analyzed for the BBC on Saturday. Because for this, the Scottish National Party (SNP) headed by Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon would have had to conquer the Aberdeenshire West constituency. 65 of the 129 seats are necessary for an absolute majority. The Scottish electoral system makes it difficult to achieve an absolute majority, as weaker parties receive compensatory mandates.
The BBC expected 63 mandates for the SNP on Saturday afternoon. According to this, the independence advocates would still gain a clear majority in parliament. Because the Greens, who are also in favor of breaking away from Great Britain, will have 9 seats, according to the BBC analysis.