Scotland wants independence and intends to join the European Union if the UK leaves the EU.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has denied Scotland the right to hold a second referendum on the possible separation of the region from the UK, as it became known in his letter to the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, Interfax writes.
“Another independence referendum will continue the political stagnation that Scotland has been in for the past decade,” Johnson said.
“You and your predecessor personally promised that the 2014 independence referendum was “the only one in this generation”. The people of Scotland voted decisively to keep the United Kingdom together,” Johnson said in a statement.
As you know, in December the British Parliament received a letter asking to consider holding a second referendum on Scottish independence. It was sent by Sturgeon.
She called the independence mandate “indisputable” because, according to the results of the December British elections, her party, the Scottish National Party, won 48 seats out of 59 to which Scotland was entitled in the House of Commons of the British Parliament.
Sturgeon also stressed that if British Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to comply with Scotland’s request, she would consider all options to resolve the issue.
The Prime Minister must explain why he believes the UK is not a voluntary union of equal nations. He has to explain why he doesn’t believe the people of Scotland have a right to self-government,” Sturgeon said.
The first referendum on Scottish independence was held on 18 September 2014.
In September 2019, Sturgeon announced that Scotland would become a member of the EU in the event of Brexit.
In November, a march in support of Scottish independence was held in Glasgow, attended by about 20,000 people.