Scotland wants to take another chance: The Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has now promised to hold a second independence referendum – after the regional elections in May. “The referendum should take place at the beginning of the next legislative period for various reasons,” Sturgeon told the broadcaster on Friday BBC. The announcement is of course also campaign ammunition.
The crux of the matter is Brexit
Sturgeon argues that Brexit changed Scotland’s status. In 2014, the Scots voted 55 percent to stay in the UK. Two years later, however, they were overruled in the Brexit referendum. While they spoke out clearly in favor of EU membership, there was a majority in favor of Brexit due to the negative attitude in the more populous England. The UK’s withdrawal from the EU was formalized in January. Sturgeon had fought unsuccessfully against Brexit and is now striving for independent Scotland to become EU membership.
Current polls show supporters of Scottish independence steadily advancing, with values of 51 to 59 percent. The conservative central government in London rejects another referendum and sees the question of Scottish independence as resolved by the vote in 2014. Scotland has been ruled from London since 1603 when the Scottish King James VI. also became King James I of England. The union was only formalized with the creation of the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707.