News ID: 322272
Published: 0230 GMT June 14, 2022

Scotland has 'indisputable mandate' for new independence vote: Sturgeon

Scotland has 'indisputable mandate' for new independence vote: Sturgeon

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks at a news conference on a proposed second referendum on Scottish independence at Bute House in Edinburgh, Scotland, on June 14, 2022.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday began her latest drive for independence from the United Kingdom, publishing the first of a series of papers pushing for a new referendum.

Scotland voted to remain part of the three-centuries-old union with England in a landmark vote in 2014, AFP reported.

But Sturgeon and her ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) say there is an "indisputable mandate" for another referendum, particularly in the light of the UK's departure from the European Union.

The papers "will make a fresh case" for Scotland, which voted against Brexit, to become "an independent country better able to chart our own course", Sturgeon told reporters in Edinburgh.

"At this critical juncture, we face a fundamental question -- Do we stay tied to a UK economic model that constrains us to relatively poor economic and social outcomes, which are likely to get worse not better outside the European Union?

"Or do we instead lift our eyes with hope and optimism and take inspiration from comparable countries across Europe?"

Under the terms of the Scotland Act 1998, the UK government in London has to first agree to the devolved parliament in Edinburgh holding a referendum.

But UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly refused Sturgeon's demands to approve another vote.

Sturgeon, however, said "we must forge a way forward" without consent from London since the Scottish people last year voted in a regional parliament with a "decisive majority" in favour of independence and the right to choose.

"The Scottish Parliament therefore has an indisputable democratic mandate and we intend to honour that referendum," she said, adding that the referendum must be held "in a lawful manner".








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