Scotland’s pro-independence governing party close to a majority

Scotland’s pro-independence governing party close to a majority

Meanwhile Lorna Slater, the Scottish Greens co-leader, told BBC Scotland: "Certainly we can see that with the Scottish Greens we clearly have a pro-independence majority in the Scottish Parliament, and that is something we are very excited about".

But even if the SNP has to rely on support from the Green Party, they would likely have enough votes to push through referendum legislation.

However, the electoral system - which allocates 56 seats on a proportional representation basis that helps smaller parties - means it was highly unlikely to obtain an overall majority, falling one or two seats short.

Sturgeon said it would be wrong for Johnson to stand in the way of a referendum and that the timing is a matter for the Scottish Parliament.

She stated: "It looks as though it is beyond any doubt that there will be a pro-independence majority in the Scottish Parliament and by any normal standard of democracy that majority should have the commitments it made to the people of Scotland honoured". A main driver of that result was the fact that by remaining in the UK, Scotland would also remain in the European Union, that has of course changed with Brexit - which the majority of Scots (62%) voted against.

She said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had no reason to deny Scotland another referendum.

"I think a referendum in the current context is irresponsible and reckless", Mr. Johnson told the Daily Telegraph in an interview published on Saturday.

"But in some of the big ballot boxes, I think we ended up over 3% in Aberdeenshire East, the same in Banff and Buchan, a bit more actually, which I'm pleased with because these are our best results in Scotland".

Ms. Sturgeon has ruled out holding a referendum without Westminster's consent, saying she wants a legitimate result.

The election outcome is likely to be a bitter clash between the Scottish government in Edinburgh and Johnson's United Kingdom-wide administration in London, with Scotland's 314-year union with England and Wales at stake.

Scotland previously held a referendum on Scottish independence in 2014, when 55 per cent of people voted to remain part of the British union, while 45 per cent voted against.

The SNP has said that they want a referendum by 2023 by the latest, but polls also suggest that most people don't want a referendum in the next couple of years.

Tactical voting was also successful in denying Ms Sturgeon a series of key target constituencies held by Labour and the Liberal Democrats, with Tory voters switching en masse to other parties.

"We are well and truly split over the constitutional question", polling expert Sir John Curtice, a professor of politics at the University of Strathclyde, said in a blog post.

"Now I think Alba brought forward a number of ways to do it and we pointed the way".

© Thomson Reuters Labour's Mark Drakeford, Welsh First Minister speaks following the announcement of results in the Senedd and Police & Crime Commissioner Elections at a sports centre being used as a counting centre in Cardiff, Wales, Britain, May 7, 2021. Ms. Sturgeon rejected the charge and was cleared by a majority of the committee, but the animosity on both sides intensified. However, the party is not expected to win any seats. "I've won so many elections I don't mind losing a few", Mr. Salmond said Saturday after conceding defeat.

Mr. Salmond vowed to continue his political comeback and he lashed out once again at Ms. Sturgeon. "Nicola lost her nerve on independence back in 2017 [by failing to hold a referendum] and has never recovered it, it's as simple as that".

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