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The Prime Minister of Scotland, Nicolas Sturgeon, has challenged the British government and its president, Boris Johnson, that no one will stop another referendum the country intends to hold to independence from the United Kingdom.
In statements to Sky News, Sturgeon said that only the courts can prevent another referendum for independence. Neither Johnson nor their government can prevent us.
The Prime Minister of Scotland explained, “I am saying that if Boris Johnson wants to stop him, he will have to take legal action.”
And she continued: “If Boris Johnson does not do that, it will be a legal referendum by definition. And if he does, the courts will decide which position we will also abide by.”
Sturgeon has pledged to hold the independence referendum if her “Scottish National” party gains a majority in the regional elections scheduled for next May.
She said that if the party wins, a referendum on secession will take place regardless of the position of the British government.
The British Prime Minister strongly opposes the secession of Scotland, and has previously stated that there must be a 40-year lag between the last vote on the independence of Scotland in 2014 and any upcoming vote.
In 2014, 55% of Scots voted against independence in a referendum to break away from Britain at the time, but the newspaper “The Independent” pointed out the difficulties faced by Boris Johnson as he struggles to maintain the cohesion of the country after Brexit from the European Union.
She pointed to a recent opinion poll conducted in Scotland, which revealed that 49% support independence compared to 44% against it, while the remaining percentage is still hesitant.