UK election day is important for Scottish separatists

The British vote is expected to pave the way for a new self-judging referendum on Thursday 6 May, for local elections critical to the unity of Boris Johnson and the United Kingdom, with Scottish separatists.

Postponed for a year due to the epidemic, these elections should allow 48 million voters to renew some 5,000 seats in England’s 143 local legislatures to elect a mayor in the capital London and Wales. And to appoint new parliamentary constituencies in Scotland.

“It’s a big day” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday, In the video posted on Twitter, Calling the British to go to the polls and vote for its formation, the Conservative Party, which is only facing opposition “Playing political games”, according to him. Open from 7 am local time, offices will close at 9 am. Results are expected very slowly only on Fridays and throughout the weekend.

In Scotland, a country of 5.5 million people, they will potentially be decisive for the future of the United Kingdom. If separatists in power win a majority in the local parliament, the head of the Scottish National Party (SNP), First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, intends to pressurize the central government in London to hold a new referendum. of independence.

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Bad turnout

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (right) meets with voters outside a polling station in Glasgow, Scotland on 6 May 2021.

In 2014, the Scots chose 55% to live in the United Kingdom. The final argument was made by the Conservative Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, who has the last word to strongly oppose a new consultation, which it cannot, according to “One time generation”.

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Proponents of a new referendum recall Brexit, with Scots opposing 62%, was a game-changer. Also the epidemic, which increased the popularity of Nicola Sturgeon, was credited with good management of the health crisis.

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The SNP’s surge and a majority in favor of independence after months of elections, may lead to disenchantment of the party. A Savante poll was conducted for the newspaper Scotsman Predicted the worst score since coming to power in 2007, 59 seats out of 129 (- 2). “It’s actually played on the edge of a razor”, wrote On twitter Nicola Sturgeon encourages her supporters to vote.

In the absence of a majority alone, the formation would however be able to rely on the Greens and the new party, Alba (“Scotland”, in Gaelic), former Scottish leader Alex Salmond, former patron of Nicola Sturgeon, who became his rival after a change within the independence camp.

Double test value

These elections also have a double test value. For Boris Johnson, following a tidal wave of conservatives in legislative elections in late 2019, with the promise of achieving Brexit, is now in effect. A test for Keir Starr, the leader of the Labor opposition, whose party has raised head-to-shoulder with the election for the first time since its historic defeat in the MLA elections in April 2020. “We fight for every voice”, He said on Wednesday. “Whatever the outcome, I will take responsibility for it. “

Building on the success of the coronavirus vaccination campaign, Boris Johnson remains in the polls, despite numerous scandals, including funding for the renovation of his official apartment, and a very heavy pandemic toll – leaving more than 127,500 dead.

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After the resignation of the outgoing elected official accused of sexual harassment, this crystal crystallizes around Laborpool, the Labor stronghold in the north-east of England, especially around Hartlep. In 2019, a symbol after being taken by the Tories of “Red Wall” Labor, areas that are affected by the fragmentation of the north of England.

In London, the Labor Party is in a much better position. Five years after becoming the first Muslim mayor of a large Western capital, Shram Sadiq Khan has been awarded the winner for a second term, far ahead of the conservative Shaun Bailey.

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