Scotland, independence referendum: voting starts again on 19 October 2023

The ‘first minister’ Nicola Sturgeon anticipates the judicial aftermath and sends, already today, the Scottish government’s proposal for a new consultative referendum to the British Supreme Court

The Scottish government of ‘First Minister’ Nicola Sturgeon proposes a new referendum on the independence of Scotland from the United Kingdom to be held on October 23, 2023. And to avoid judicial aftermath that divert attention from a debate on the real objective, namely since independence, the government has already sent its proposal to the British Supreme Court.

Downing Street limited itself to specifying that Premier Boris Johnson is now opposed to a second referendum on independence, but is waiting for the opinion of the Supreme Court to express himself in more detail. “Our position remains unchanged: our priority, and that of the Scottish Government, must be to work together relentlessly on the issues that really matter to people,” explained a spokesperson. The British government “will study the proposal in detail” however.

The question posed by the referendum, which has only consultative value, and does not initiate any procedure automatically, will be the same as in 2014: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”, Sturgeon announced, speaking before the Scottish Parliament. to Holyrood. It will be “a legitimate, constitutional referendum”, she specified. It will have to be “unquestionably legal,” he said, thus anticipating any appeals from his opponents.

In the event that the Court rules that its proposal is outside the legislative prerogatives of the Scottish Parliament, the next general elections will turn into a “de facto referendum”, added the ‘First Minister’. The speech of the leader of the SNP (Scottish national party) today in Parliament was greeted with applause.

The Scottish government will today publish the referendum bill which aims to “ascertain the opinion of Scots on whether or not Scotland should be an independent country”.

A possible negative opinion by the Supreme Court “will make it clear that any idea of ​​the UK as a voluntary union of countries is fictional. That any notion of the UK as a partnership of equals is false,” Sturgeon said. Whether it is with the referendum, or with the general elections, “in any case the Scots will have their say”.