Understanding Scotland’s Call for a ‘Legal’ Independence Referendum

MIN READJan 25, 2021 | 22:05 GMT

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon delivers a speech to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on Sept. 1, 2020.


Scotland’s governing Scottish National Party (SNP) is calling for an independence referendum, but has been vague about the terms and the timing of such a vote. While independence is improbable in 2021, the issue of Scottish secession will continue to generate questions about the United Kingdom’s long-term territorial integrity. Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said on Jan. 24 that she would seek a “legal referendum” on Scottish independence if her SNP wins the legislative election on May 6. Current opinion polls suggest that the SNP should win the election by a comfortable margin. ...

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