Berlin, 30 November 2020 (dpa/MIA) — Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Saturday that Scots have a right to another independence referendum, an issue that is likely to dominate upcoming elections in the country.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vetoed calls by Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party (SNP) for another referendum as the last one six years ago had been described as a once-in-a-generation vote.
But at the opening of the SNP’s party conference, which was held online because of the coronavirus pandemic, Sturgeon said she hoped the vote could be held early in the Scottish Parliament’s next term.
Scotland’s next parliamentary elections are due to be held in May and the SNP is expected to campaign hard for another independence referendum.
Recently, opinion polls have suggested that most people in Scotland would support the country becoming independent.
In Scotland’s first independence referendum in 2014, 55 percent voted against a split from Britain.
However, during the Brexit referendum of 2016, a clear majority, or 62 percent, of Scottish voters were in favor of remaining in the European Union, a fact that led many to call for a new referendum on independence.
“The people of Scotland have the right to choose their future,” Sturgeon said on Saturday, according to the PA news agency. “Independence is in clear sight – and if we show unity of purpose, humility and hard work, I have never been so certain that we will deliver it.”
Sturgeon said that while the primary focus needed to be on battling the coronavirus pandemic, Scotland should also be ready for what comes next.