They come armed with clipboards and political buttons, eschewing pints of beer for tea and Coca-Cola. [65] Five months later, Sturgeon announced that the Scottish Government was planning a new draft referendum bill. [57] Sturgeon's intention was for the referendum to be held in 2020. This Act extends voting rights to anyone legally resident in Scotland over the age of 16, regardless of nationality or citizenship, and extends voting rights to some prisoners if they have less than 12 months to serve in prison. “We are better off in the UK with the relationships we have across these islands, as well as remaining in the EU and maintaining those relationships we have across the continent,” Chamberlain says, the sea breeze ruffling her long curly hair. Share page. 24 April 2019. [99], In November 2016, Sturgeon confirmed to members of the Scottish Parliament that the Scottish Government was considering joining the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and the European Economic Area (EEA), based on the model of Norway and some other countries, to "protect [Scotland's] place in the single market" of Europe even if the United Kingdom as a whole does leave in a "hard Brexit". [58], The SNP garnered 45% of the popular vote in Scotland, an 8% gain from the 2017 UK general election. Franchise . [78] This Act makes changes to who is eligible to vote in elections and referenda under the remit of the Scottish Parliament. Some, like the university’spro-independence union, are adamant about the direction they want that swing to take. Conduct Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon on Thursday warned the United Kingdom that she wants the second referendum "in the earlier part" of the next Scottish parliament, which begins next year. Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said an independence referendum that could wrench apart the United Kingdom after Brexit should take place … Indeed, the St Andrews students said the Scottish independence movement as a whole had been “very supportive” of Catalan activists, flying their flags at rallies and vice versa. [103] The SNP's Sustainable Growth Commission developed a new party policy that, if in government, the SNP would aim to create a new Scottish currency after a future referendum. They point to the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons, carried by submarines based on Scotland’s west coast, as an example of the “double standards” and “condescending nature” of Westminster lawmakers towards their country. Cross-party talks are to be held to enable any areas of agreement on changes to devolution to be explored. ... Tue 15 Oct 2019 02.00 EDT. Without such an opt-out, passport controls may be required between Scotland and the CTA members. This request set out the constitutional history of Scotland's place in the United Kingdom and that the Scottish Government would deem either a Section 30 order or an amendment to the Scotland Act as a satisfactory means of transferring the power over independence referendums. In October 2020, an Ipsos Mori poll for STV News showed 58% of Scots in support for independence[67] and that, if there were an economic case for Scotland becoming independent, 75% of Scots say they would support. [112][113], The Scottish Independence Convention backs calls for a referendum. [48] A large amount of support from independence voters had moved to the Labour Party, with the party increasing their vote share among independence supporters from 6% to 21%. The Scottish Government advocates that Scotland should be a member of the European Union both as a part of the United Kingdom and as an independent state. The party specified that their preferred method of showing support for a referendum was via a public petition, although their manifesto didn't clarify how many signatories there would have to be to receive their support:[27]. This group was established by the Scottish Independence Convention which is made up of cross-party and grassroots organisations. Most of Brown’s customers come from Scotland or America, where he says kilts are a popular choice for weddings. The SNP remained as the third-largest party in the UK House of Commons with its representation reduced to 35 of the total 59 Scottish MPs. The SNP went on to win 56 of the 59 Scottish seats that were contested in an unprecedented landslide winning 50% of the national vote and left just three unionist MPs in Scotland; Labour saw their worst result in Scotland since 1918, the Liberal Democrats fell to their lowest level since 1970 and the Conservatives received their lowest vote share in Scotland since 1865. [5], On 16 March 2017, ahead of the scheduled debate, Theresa May responded by broadcasting a message where she said that "now is not the time" for a second referendum on Scottish independence, as it would be unclear what the people of Scotland would be voting for. Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union? [13][14] The proposed UK referendum on EU membership had already been announced, and was a topic of discussion in the independence debate. As the United Kingdom faces its most momentous election in recent history, Scotland is grappling with which view to set its sights on. "[86] Manfred Weber, leader of the European People's Party Group, and Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group, indicated that they were supportive of Scotland remaining an EU member. Referendums . The British government and some mainstream political parties argued that remaining in the UK was the only way for Scotland to remain p… [117], In November 2019 during the lead up to the UK general election, leader of the Conservatives and Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that a Conservative government would not permit a second independence referendum, vowing to "protect our magnificent union". [7] Ruth Davidson later appeared at a press conference in Edinburgh and stated her position that "we will maintain that it should not take place when there is no clear public and political consent for it to happen". [100] The SNP's 2017 General Election manifesto stated that "the Scottish Government [led by the SNP, had] published proposals that would keep Scotland in the Single Market, even as we left the EU. [97], With the United Kingdom leaving the European Union and previously having an opt-out of the Schengen Area, an independent Scotland, if acceded into the European Union, would be required to negotiate an opt-out of the Schengen Area to continue to form part of the Common Travel Area (CTA) alongside Ireland and the United Kingdom. Critics meanwhile, have labelled the SNP blueprint“incoherent.”. [46], A Survation poll the day prior to the election found that 71% of 2014 independence voters planned to vote for the SNP,[47] significantly lower than the 87% of 'Yes' voters who were planning to vote SNP at a comparable time in 2015. Even the North East Fife’s Conservative candidate, Tony Miklinski, admits that “Boris does alienate some Scottish voters.”, The Prime Minister is “easily portrayed as the cartoon character, Eton-educated toff who’s out of touch with the working class, and with the people of Scotland.”. The Scottish Government has proposed holding a second referendum on Scottish independence from the United Kingdom (UK). Once it was richer by far. [40][41] Prior to the passage of the motion, a Green Party amendment was passed, by the same margin, that seeks to enable 16 and 17 year-olds and EU citizens the opportunity to vote in a referendum.[42]. However, a spokesman for Corbyn later said: "Labour continues to oppose a further referendum in the Scottish Parliament and would campaign against independence if one were held. [131] This trend continued into January 2020, when three polls put "Yes" support at between 50% and 52% (excluding undecideds). This page was last edited on 27 November 2020, at 22:26. The current Scottish Government intends to seek a Section 30 order or an amendment to the Scotland Act 1998 to ensure that the result of a future referendum can be indisputably binding. Section . [38], In February 2017, the Scottish Parliament voted 90 to 34 to oppose the UK leaving the EU and to oppose invoking Article 50 in a non-binding vote. [12] The British government and some mainstream political parties argued that remaining in the UK was the only way for Scotland to remain part of the EU. In the last election here in 2017 Gethins won by just two votes, following three recounts, and admits “there was quite a lot of stuff going on at the time” given his wife had just had their baby the week before. These polls have been carried out since six weeks after the referendum. [28] All thirty-two council areas in Scotland voted by a majority for the UK to remain a member of the EU. Sea on one side, hills on the other, constantly moving between the two. With many seats in Scotland resting on razor-thin margins, this will be the scene of a fierce battle that could have major consequences for the future of the UK. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wants to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence next year, she told the British daily The Times on Friday, a few months before the local elections in May 2021. Now he has the chance to transform the UK, Hardline Hindus are pushing the Indian government's agenda on British voters, Everything you need to know about the UK general election on December 12. He has relatives in both countries and says he doesn’t want to cross a hard border “just to see my family.” Â. A strong performance at the 2019 Westminster election was seen as a green light to press on with independence referendum preparations, while a resounding victory at … Even those who did vote Remain feel they’ve been flung under a Brexit bus that is beyond their control. Student Lottie Doherty, 21, says she’ll be voting Labour because she supports staying in the EU and the UK, but believes the Lib Dem policy on revoking Brexit without a second referendum is “undemocratic.”. The report suggested that Scotland would be unlikely to be rejected as a member of the EU, should it become independent, noting that "not since de Gaulle’s veto on UK membership in the 1960s has a democratic country respecting the rule of law been refused admission". [19] Three months later, Salmond reversed the position, highlighting the UK's EU referendum as a factor. Nicola Sturgeon claimed that there was a “renewed, refreshed and strengthened mandate” for another vote. Some, like 26-year-old fisherman Lee Gardner, still aren’t sure who they’ll vote for. [52] First Minister Sturgeon also announced the establishment of a 'Social Justice Commission' to develop the social argument for independence to complement the SNP's new economic policy.[53]. 5 Those who are subject to a legal incapacity to vote . Up to the minute results of the 2019 General Election in Scotland from BBC News Only a Labour government would grant a Scottish referendum. At the heart of North East Fife is the university town of St Andrews. Scotland would only consider an independent currency, once certain economic goals had been met. 3 Referendum questions . [118], Former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said in March 2017 that a referendum would be "absolutely fine" and that "I don't think it's the job of Westminster or the Labour Party to prevent people holding referenda." If there was another referendum and if Scots voted out, it would mark the biggest shock to the United Kingdom since Irish independence a century ago - just as London … [56], On the same day as the passing of the Referendums (Scotland) Act 2020, Nicola Sturgeon officially published the Scottish Government's request to Prime Minister Boris Johnson for the transfer of legal authority to hold an independence referendum. [29][30] Former Labour Scottish First Minister Henry McLeish asserted that he would support Scottish independence under such circumstances. Support for Scottish independence has crept up slightly in the last five years and is nowneck-and-neck with those who favor remaining part of the union. [68], While the Scottish Parliament could hold an advisory referendum on the question of independence without the approval of the UK government,[69] a binding referendum would likely require a section 30 order from the UK government, or an amendment to the Scotland Act 1998 by the UK Parliament. Each of the four constituent nations of the UK would have to vote for withdrawal before the UK as a whole could leave the European Union. The SNP wants Scotland back in the EU as quickly as possible Excluding "don't knows", the average of polls in 2019 was 51% No to 49% Yes. Soon, Scotland will decide which way to turn. Ahead of that referendum, the Scottish Government stated in its white paper proposing independence that voting Yes was a "once in a generation opportunity to follow a different path, and choose a new and better direction for our nation". Richard Leonard, Scottish Labour's leader, stated that the report, "will exasperate millions of people around the country who just want the first minister focused on public services". In 2013, Scotland exported around three and a half times more to the rest of the UK than to the rest of the EU,[109] while in 2015, that had increased to around four times more to the rest of the UK than to the rest of the EU. [93] The Scottish Labour Party published an 'Action Plan' in July 2016, focusing on the economy. The report, additionally, suggested that an independent Scotland would negotiate a share of the UK national debt, while continuing to use the Pound Sterling as currency for at least a decade. “Scotland should have the opportunity to choose whether to … Scotland has the same population as Denmark, with much the same resources, infrastructure and talent. In their manifesto, the SNP said the following in response to the Conservatives' manifesto pledge promising a referendum on EU membership by the end of 2017 if elected:[23]. YES campaigners demonstrate outside the BBC building in Glasgow ahead of the Scottish Referendum. The SNP had 21 fewer seats than they won in the 2015 general election and its popular vote in Scotland reduced from 50% in 2015 to 37% in 2017 with a lower voter turnout. “So students have a real opportunity this year to potentially swing the result of the whole election.”. It's hard to see how dragging Scotland back down the rabbit hole of a debate on independence is going to improve our schools." [...] But there were also political difficulties", referring to Catalonia in member state Spain. [7], On 28 March 2017, the Scottish Parliament voted 69–59 on Motion S5M-04710, in favour of holding a second referendum on Scottish independence. [33][34] Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was "clear that the people of Scotland see their future as part of the European Union" and that Scotland had "spoken decisively" with a "strong, unequivocal" vote to remain in the European Union. It’s a prospect Labour hasn’t ruled out completely. Instead, she said, the deficit would drop under an independent Scotland finally able to fully control its finances. and that the Scottish Government should focus on its domestic agenda. [47][48] Elsewhere, 11% backed the SNP and the Liberal Democrats in 2017, compared to 15% and 10% respectively in 2015. [131] Professor John Curtice said after this poll was released that there had recently been a swing towards "Yes", and that this was concentrated among people who had voted to "Remain" in the 2016 Brexit referendum. In May 2019, the Scottish Government introduced the Referendums (Scotland) Bill to the Scottish Parliament. The European Union is far from perfect, however, we believe that it is overwhelmingly in Scotland’s interests for us to remain a member, engaging with the institutions as fully as we can, and to argue for reform from within. [124], Scottish Liberal Democrats leader Willie Rennie said in March 2017, "We stood on a platform last May where we said we were against independence and against another independence referendum",[125] he also said, "No independence referendum, either at Westminster or in the Scottish Parliament – that's the view of the Liberal Democrats. For Scottish voters, a key issue in the general election will be independence -- whether they want to stay part of the United Kingdom or break away and become an independent country. [47][48] The Conservatives had a smaller rise among independence supporters, gaining 7% of their votes in 2017, compared to 2% in 2015. From the top, gazing in one direction, the sea stretches towards Europe. Edward believed "Scotland makes quite a good fit with Iceland and Norway", referring to the European Economic Area and the European Free Trade Association, while Scott hinted that Scotland could be a successor state, meaning the rest of the UK would leave but Scotland would retain its seat. [15], Other issues, such as the economy, played a large part in the debate. Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said an independence referendum that could wrench apart the United Kingdom after Brexit should take place in the earlier part of the devolved parliament's next term, which begins next year. [63] This was on the same day that the Parliament resolved to continue flying the flag of Europe after the UK's withdrawal from the European Union. In their manifesto for the 2016 Scottish elections, the SNP stipulated conditions under which they would seek a second independence referendum:[24], The SNP were re-elected in the 2016 election, winning 63 seats in the 129-seat chamber, although the result meant that they no longer held an overall majority. [50], Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson responded to the report by saying: "For me, the most important issue is making sure our children get a good education. “Independence is not about ‘oh we hate the English,’” says 22-year-old Scot and pro-independence campaigner Iona Fraser-Collins. However, it affirmed that Scotland's independence would have to be accepted by the United Kingdom for Scotland to obtain EU membership: "There now seems to be a consensus that, were Scotland to become independent by legal means, it could join the [European] Union". Holding a second Scottish independence referendum in 2021 might be clever politics, exploiting Boris Johnson's unpopularity in Scotland, but the … “It’s pretty unusual for there to be an election during term time,” says the university’s student president, Jamie Rodney, who has been part of a campus-wide drive encouraging young people to register to vote.  with those who favor remaining part of the union. 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