Nicola Sturgeon promises second referendum by end of 2023
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During a speech to Holyrood, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “As we emerge from the pandemic, choices fall to be made that will shape our economy and our society for decades to come. Which parliament, Westminster or Hollyrood, should make these choices?”
She added: “The case for independence is a strong one – we will present it openly, frankly, and with confidence and ambition.”
Ms Sturgeon said the SNP hope to present the case for independence to the people of Scotland before the end of 2023, which suggests she is confident an independence referendum will be granted by the UK government over the next two years.
But a huge 81 percent of 3,594 voters in an Express.co.uk poll held from 7am September 9 to 12pm September 13 said the Prime Minister should not allow a second Scottish independence referendum.
Participants in the poll included Scottish voters, some of whom voiced resentment over Sturgeon’s plans for the country.
One citizen, Mrs Mitchell, said: “She and the SNP are ruining Scotland – if any referendum is held, it should be one deciding yes/no to END SCOTTISH DEVOLUTION!”
Another voter raged: “Scotland already has a deficit of £36billion, so if they gain independence, who will pay to fill that black hole?
“Let me guess, Sturgeon will have to hike taxes massively and ask the EU to bail them out.
“Seems to me that it’s all about power for Sturgeon and she’ll wing it until they gain independence and then walk away and say it had nothing to do with her. It’s pathetic really.”
When the last Scottish referendum happened in 2014, UK citizens were told that it was a ‘once in a lifetime’ vote.
Scottish residents’ votes to remain part of the UK won by more than 10 percent, as 55.30 percent of votes said Scotland should not become an independent country, and 44.70 percent of votes said it should.
Many Britons and MPs have argued that the 2014 outcome should be respected and that Sturgeon’s calls for another referendum are premature, considering less than 10 years have passed since the Scottish public’s verdict.
One Express reader furiously wrote: “Set it in LAW that no independence referendum can be held in the next 20 years and the UK must respect the 2014 vote. FULL STOP.”
Other Express readers, however, felt that a new vote should be held so that the Scottish people can decide who they want to be led by once and for all.
One voter commented: “The Scottish people know the arguments and should vote by the end of the year.
“Hopefully, the majority, will once again, vote to remain with the rest of the UK.
“Probably, if the SNP lose again, after two weeks they will be banging on about another referendum.”
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Another said: “The union is over, it’s up to the people of Scotland.
“A union means England could leave if it wanted to, so should Scotland if it wants.
“Brexit has changed everything.
“Scots don’t want to be ruled by Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg, John redwood, and Mark Francois.”
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A YouGov survey of Scottish adults carried out in May 2021 suggests that, since the pandemic began, the amount of Scottish people who want to remain part of the UK has risen by roughly five percent, overtaking support for independence.
It is thought the impressive roll-out of the furlough scheme as well as the vaccine programme have re-built Scottish public confidence in Westminster.
Some Express.co.uk readers argued that if Scotland votes to leave the UK it would be catastrophic for the country financially, and they questioned why such a large percentage of the Scottish public support independence.
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