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AFP
December 14, 2019

Poll ‘reinforces’ case for Scottish independence vote: Sturgeon

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AFP
December 14, 2019

GLASGOW: Scottish National Party leader Nicolas Sturgeon said on Friday her party’s strong performance in snap election reinforced her case for holding a fresh Scottish independence referendum.

“The stunning election win from last night for the SNP renews, reinforces and strengthens the mandate we have from previous elections to offer the people of Scotland a choice over their future,” she said after the SNP picked up 48 out of Scotland’s 59 seats contested in General Election on Thursday.

The first Scotland independence referendum failed in 2014, when 55 per cent voted in favour of preserving its membership in the United Kingdom.

But Scotland opposed Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union in the 2016 referendum, which looks almost certain after the win for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives.

Sturgeon said Thursday’s outcome gave Johnson a mandate to take England out of the European Union, but not Scotland. “Given the verdict of the people of Scotland last night, the Scottish government will next week offer a detailed, democratic case for a transfer of power to enable a referendum,” she said.