The Chief Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon, has assured this Monday, at the closing of her party’s national congress, that she will seek an agreement with the British Government to hold a new independence referendum , as his approach to politics is “cooperation and not confrontation, as long as possible.” The nationalist Sturgeon appealed in her speech to the same spirit that made possible the alliance of the government in Scotland with the Green Party and wished that, “in that spirit of cooperation, the Scottish and British Government can reach an agreement”, as has already been done in the 2014 consultation, so that “the voice of Scottish society is heard and respected”.
The head of the Scottish Government, who virtually closed the first meeting of the SNP after its victory in the regional elections in May, considered that the result gave it “a clear mandate for a referendum for independence.” “Our victory in May represents an indisputable mandate to implement our electoral program that we proposed and that is what we will do,” the nationalist leader continued, addressing her colleagues.
“We will give the people of Scotland the opportunity to elect independence,” he said, adding that his intention is to call “a legal referendum within this legislature – when COVID permits – before the end of 2023.” The Scottish Government, as it announced in the House last week, has resumed work to prepare a consultation after the vast majority of the militants participating in the congress endorsed its plan, although it acknowledged that “no one denies that there will be challenges to overcome “. “Scotland must not endanger health, well-being and its economy by holding a referendum before it is safe to do so,” said the motion supported yesterday, Sunday, by 535 votes in the SNP congress, compared to only 10 against.
Division on Independence
The different polls published during the celebration of the nationalist congress present a divided answer to the question of Scottish self-determination, with a slight advantage in favor of remaining in the United Kingdom. In the first independence referendum, held in September 2014, 55% of Scots voted to stay in the UK, compared to 44% who supported independence. Then the country was part of the European Union (EU) and one of the arguments of the supporters of permanence was that Scotland would continue to belong to the community bloc, something that no longer happens.
The British Government recently laid new foundations for the hypothetical consultation to take place, by demanding “support of at least 60% of the population for the referendum for a long time,” British Minister for Scotland, Alister Jack, told end of august. In any case, Sturgeon emphasized that COVID-19 is his priority for now. “The biggest responsibility on my shoulders is to lead the country through the biggest health crisis in a century.”
Sturgeon also announced his goals for his recovery from a “just and green” Scotland from the pandemic. “Our goal for 2030 is to generate all our energy from renewable sources” and in 2050 “to decarbonise the entire energy system,” he explained. On the way to that recovery and in transition to a green economy, the Minister of Finance, Kate Forbes, reiterated the commitment of the Nationalist Government of “an investment of 500 million pounds – 586.25 million euros – in the next 10 years” to the northeast region of Scotland, whose economic activity is based on fossil fuels.