Scottish leader vows cooperation to clinch independence vote — World — – Nigeria and World News



Scottish leader vows cooperation to clinch independence vote — World —  – Nigeria and World News

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Monday set out her plans for a new referendum on Scottish independence, arguing Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic had put Scotland on a different course from the rest of the United Kingdom.

The Scottish National Party (SNP) leader blasted UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson for imposing his “Brexit obsession” on the UK during the coronavirus pandemic, which is leading to food and labour shortages.

And she said the economic hit on individuals and businesses from the UK’s departure from the European Union, which most Scots opposed, had been made worse by hardline immigration policies hitting the workforce.

But she told the SNP’s annual conference that Johnson and his Conservative government in London would “use all that damage that they have inflicted to argue for yet more control”, to argue against Scotland going its own way.

“By making us poorer, they’ll say we can’t afford to be independent. By cutting our trade with the EU, they will say we are too dependent on the rest of the UK,” she said.

“Frankly it is not up to a Westminster government which has just six MPs in Scotland to decide our future without the consent of the people who live here,” she added.

Instead, she said Scots faced a choice between “a Westminster Tory government rejected by the people of Scotland and taking us in the wrong direction” and having their own government in its own right.

Sturgeon has been calling for another referendum to be held by the end of 2023 when the coronavirus pandemic is over, but the move has to be sanctioned by the UK government.

‘Democratic wishes’
So far, Johnson has refused to do so, arguing the last vote in 2014, which saw Scots back remaining part of the UK by 55 percent to 45 percent, was a once-in-a-generation event.

Sturgeon admitted her relations with Johnson were prickly but vowed to push her case for a legally binding referendum in a spirit of “cooperation not confrontation”.

“It’s in that spirit of cooperation that we in the Scottish and UK government can reach an agreement, as we did in 2014, allow the democratic wishes of the people of Scotland to be heard and respected,” she said.

“Democracy must, and democracy will prevail.”

The SNP in May won elections to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, which has devolved powers to set policy in areas such as health, education, transport and the environment.

But they fell short of a majority, and last week signed a landmark power-sharing deal with the Scottish Green Party, giving them a pro-independence majority in Holyrood.

Short Link:


NNN: :is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor @

Recent Posts

Running for harmony: Morobo residents celebrate International Day of Peace Dutch PM 'targeted for kidnapping by drug gangs': reports The Ministry of Foreign Affairs strengthens the network of Finnish missions abroad and invests in measures promoting the availability of skilled labor Coronavirus: 21% of adults now fully vaccinated, as South Africa emerges from third wave Reopening – call for experts from WHO regions of Africa and South-East Asia to join the Scientific Advisory Group on the Origins of New Pathogens (SAGO) Afghan saffron boss says Taliban will not silence her UNMISS educates Twic County residents in Warrap on revitalized peace deal Time For Urgent Action And Funds To Make Water Central To African Climate Policies Gabonese President Bongo pleaded for an inclusive energy transition Energy Capital & Power, Libya-Analysis LLC partner for the Libyan Energy and Economy Summit 2021 Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) wins Associations Advance Africa award for outstanding achievement in diversity and inclusion In good times as in bad times, rugby is the life of Sanaa Barakat, the unstoppable of Rugby Africa Gambia Ministry of Petroleum and Gambia National Petroleum Company to attend MSGBC 2021 Oil, Gas and Electricity Conference South Korea’s President Moon raises dog meat ban Africa Oil Week set to host first-ever in-person event in Dubai Fuel 'panic-buying' in UK could see army to rescue Nigerian Mission, Unions in Italy vow to get justice for murdered lady One dead in strong quake on Greek island of Crete Pelosi hints infrastructure delay as US Congress begins huge week Imo leads as NCDC reports 255 new COVID-19 infections UNGA 76: Nigeria seeks UN support against counter-terrorism Cleric tasks women on inculcating good morals in children, society CBN pledges more support for youth empowerment 5.7-magnitude quake shakes Philippines’ main island CAC intensifies support for FG War Against Corruption China's Xi warns of 'grim' situation with Taiwan Coronavirus – Malawi: Daily COVID-19 Information Update (September 26, 2021) Senate President inaugurates 30,000-bird farm in Yobe Coronavirus: Africa CDC joins Global Citizen Live Concert to push for vaccine equity United States Ambassador to the United Nations Ms. Linda Thomas-Greenfield pays courtesy visit to President Dr. Hage G. Geingob on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA-76: Buhari returns with “special assignment’’ from World body NDA 38th Regular Course marks 35th anniversary, members share experiences Falconets spank CAR 7-0 in U-20 women’s World Cup qualifiers Cyclone Gulab makes landfall in eastern India Coronavirus – Zambia: Daily update of COVID-19 statistics (September 26, 2021) NNPC weekly review: FG approves incorporation of NNPC Ltd Majority of women in Iceland’s new parliament, European first Uganda launches last mile connectivity to increase electricity access to rural communities UK police arrest 38-year-old man over teacher’s murder — World — – Nigeria and World News Minister of Education and United Nations Resident Coordinator in Egypt explore potential areas of cooperation Islamist-Israel clashes kill four Palestinians in West Bank Côte d’Ivoire: African Development Bank mission assesses progress of Yamoussoukro agro-industrial project UNGA 2021: World has the resources to end hunger, says African Development Bank chief at United Nations Food Systems Summit Race wide open as Germany votes in post-Merkel election Pele hails Messi for new South American goalscoring record Davido mourns his late photographer NCDC announces 210 additional COVID-19 cases, two deaths California fights with fire to protect giant sequoias Devastated Joshua heads to hospital to check eye socket after losing titles Three dead, dozens injured after US train derailment