Victory for nationalism: Why Johnsons win puts UKs future in doubt

Victory for nationalism: Why Johnsons win puts UKs future in doubt

Scotland's first minister said the result "renews, reinforces and strengthens" the mandate for Indyref2.

"The Irish government needs to show the people of Northern Ireland, particularly the unionist community, a clear alternative and a vision for the future that is inclusive".

'It is the right of the people of Scotland - and you as the leader of a defeated party in Scotland have no right to stand in the way'. So be it say Scotland and Ireland.

She had served as a minister in the coalition Government and was among the party's MPs who paid the price for the tie-up with David Cameron's Tories in the 2015 election bloodbath - which saw the Lib Dems reduced to a rump of just eight in the Commons.

Almost two years after the first referendum in 2014, Scottish voters decisively voted "Remain" in the first vote on the Conservative' Brexit plan.

Scotland now has to decide whether it is timparliament, I did my best and was at the forefront of the fight to defend British democracy from Boris Johnson.

It's a debate that can only escalate as we leave the European Union - and one which may fuel support for independence itself.

The results - as well as that of the 2016 Brexit referendum, 2017 United Kingdom general election and European elections earlier this year - make it clear "beyond any doubt" that the overwhelming majority of Scots want to remain in the EU, she said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's comfortable Westminster majority means the DUP's ability to thwart his Brexit proposals is diminished.

This is a scenario that is a recipe for antagonism between the SNP and London - that could degenerate into the most brittle north-south relationship since Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister in the 1980s. "Whether or not Scotland becomes an independent country must be a matter for the people who live here - and for all of us, wherever we come from".

But if Mr Johnson holds firm in his opposition to another vote Ms Sturgeon could be left frustrated with the United Kingdom likely heading towards a fresh constitutional crisis.

Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon is a step closer towards her greatest ambition - independence for Scotland.

Liberal Democrat Wendy Chamberlain won the seat - which was previously held by Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell - for her party.

Labour had another disastrous election.

In November, Johnson told Sky News he opposes giving Scotland permission for a second vote, saying that the one in 2014 was a "once-in-a-generation" event. Given Labour's eclipse in Scotland - a former heartland and the failure of the Liberal Democrats - the SNP may have been a refuge for homeless Remain voters.

Under the current rules, the Scottish Government can only hold a second independence referendum - dubbed "indyref2" - if it is granted a so-called "Section 30" order by the Westminster Parliament.

Next Thursday MSPs will vote on the final stage of legislation which sets out a framework for any future referendums to be held in Scotland.

The party could try a last resort option of holding a referendum without the blessing of the United Kingdom government but it would not be recognised in law and would likely have serious consequences for the organisers.

For a nationwide breakdown of results, see our results page.

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