(Edinburgh) On the strength of his party’s victory in the local elections, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Saturday urged Boris Johnson not to oppose the “will” of the Scottish people in favor of a self-determined referendum.
Voting for the Holy Road Parliament in Edinburgh has been a major issue in the British local elections ‘Super Thursday’, with major implications for the unity of the United Kingdom, which has been weakened by Brexit.
Losing the seat by an absolute majority, the popular Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party (SNP) won a fourth term as head of the British nation: according to the final results, it won 64 of the 129 seats in the Scottish Parliament. Announced Saturday.
The Scottish Conservatives are in second place with 31 MPs, while their leader Douglas Ross has hailed himself as “blocking the majority for the SNP and the independent referendum”.
The SNP boasts that London has rejected the new referendum of an absolute majority of the independence camp: the Greens, who are in favor of secession from the United Kingdom, have won eight seats. He also succeeded in ousting the former Alba party from former Scottish Prime Minister and former SNP leader Alex Salmond, who became a staunch opponent of Nicola Sturgeon and did not win a seat.
The people of Scotland voted to give a majority to the pro-independence parties in the Scottish Parliament.
Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland
“For Boris Johnson, or anyone else, there is no democratic justification for the Scottish people to be denied the right to choose their future,” she said. “It’s the will of this country.”
Opposition to Brexit
Boris Johnson, who has the last word on whether to authorize the referendum, strongly opposes it, believing that such consultations will take place “only once a generation”.
In the 2014 referendum, 55% of voters rejected independence. However, with 62% of Scots opposing it, the SNP believes that Brexit has not changed and that the British should now be able to join the European Union as an independent nation.
Boris Johnson, who did not visit Scotland during the campaign, congratulated the Scottish Prime Minister and invited her to a meeting with the UK government, saying there was a need to work together on ‘common challenges’ such as recovering from the pandemic. More than 127,000 people have lost their lives in the UK.
The Mayor of London is re-elected
In the rest of the UK, Thursday’s election, the first ballot after the Tories’ landslide victory in the 2019 legislative elections and after Brexit is a test for the Boris Johnson Tories.
In England, anti-Labor sentiment continued in several major exploits, most notably in London, when Sadiq Khan, who became the first Muslim mayor of the European capital in 2016, was re-elected against conservative Shawn Bailey. Labor has also had successes in Manchester or Liverpool.
Overall, the results were positive for the PM’s party, with the success of the COVID-19 vaccine campaign, a 50-year stronghold of progress and conquest of the MP’s headquarters for a working heart pool of decentralized and Brexit – winning areas in the north.
After this defeat the Labor Party will be subject to internal strife. Called in for questioning, its centrist leader, Khair Stormer, promised to do “everything possible” to regain the confidence of the popular classes, but his first decision mainly provoked anger on the left of Labor.
According to the PA news agencyTo me UK Labor Number Two Angela Rainer fired as party election official
In Wales, Labor can boast of good results: they get 30 of the 60 seats in the local parliament, 16 against the Tories, which allows them to stay in power.