Has Brexit paved the way for a new independence referendum in Scotland? If it is still too early to say, this Thursday, May 6 local survey should certainly give grain to grind the European ambitions of a part of the Scots.
With this election, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon and his camp hope to revive the possibility of a second consultation. For the leader of the SNP (Scottish National Party), a pro-independence majority in the local parliament, which has 129 seats, would actually deprive British Prime Minister Boris Johnson of anyone. “Democratic, electoral or moral justification” To oppose it
In 2014, the Scots chose 55% to live in the United Kingdom. According to Boris Johnson, this is a consultation that can only take place “once in a generation”. But supporters of a new referendum pointed out that Brexit, for which the Scots were 62%, was a game-changer. This is particularly true for the fishing and agricultural sectors, which have been hit very hard by leaving the European Union.
A referendum until 2023?
After rounds of questioning in recent months gave independence a majority, the trend is reversing. According to this week’s Scente Comeco poll, 49% of Scots would vote 42%, not in an immediate referendum.
Nicola Sturgeon, whom Coronavirus crisis management has ensured a solid confidence rating from the Scots, intends to wait for the end of the epidemic and her party promises a referendum by 2023.
According to the SNP, independence would make Scotland, which has 5.5 million inhabitants, a “fair, more prosperous nation”, which would resolve to return to the European Union in the long run. But anti-independence activists put forward the risk of weakening the recovery after the epidemic.
Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said a new referendum would be a “distraction”. According to their Labor counterpart Anas Sarwar, Scotland needs politicians “who want to divide the UK,” not to “divide us”.
Towards an independent “supremacy”?
The population is thinking about the calendar. “I support freedom in principle, but I don’t think it’s the right time, especially with the epidemic,” said David Coleen, 42, a public relations worker in Glasgow. Due to the health restriction, the parties mostly promote online.
Depending on the hybrid system, Voters voted twice: One of the duties of the local parliament being elected on a 56 proportional basis, for a candidate in his constituency and for a party. It is on this part of the ballot that the head of Scotland and Nicola Sturgeon’s predecessor in the SNP, Alex Salmond, focuses. His newly formed party, Alba, with whom he wants to form An independent “supremacy”, Support is increasing according to the latest polls.