Pro-independence parties won a majority in Scotland's parliament on Saturday, paving the way to a high-stakes political, legal and constitutional battle with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the future of the United Kingdom.
"In no way can a referendum be described as just a demand of me or of the SNP.
It is the will of the country." Scotland's fight for independence will likely be a bitter clash between its government in Edinburgh and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
While Scottish nationalists argue they have democratic authority on their side, Britain's government says it is unlawful.
Johnson has repeatedly made clear he would refuse any more referendums after the one in 2014, in which a Scottish majority voted to stay with the United Kingdom.
Scotland's population has remained divided on holding another poll.
Though, the independence movement has been bolstered by sentiments against Brexit and Johnson's Conservative government in London, as well as a general approval of Sturgeon's handling of the global health crisis.
The final decision will likely be settled in courts.
Sturgeon and the SNP have indicated however, that another referendum is unlikely until 2023.
ohn Bercow, the former Conservative MP who became the scourge of Brexiteers as Commons Speaker, says he has switched allegiances to join the Labour Party. Mr Bercow said he regards the Tories under Prime Minister Boris Johnson as “reactionary, populist, nationalistic and sometimes even xenophobic”.
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Scotland is “unlikely” to move to Level 0 from June 28, Nicola Sturgeon has said.Speaking in Holyrood, the First Minister did not rule out the further easing of restrictions but said the Scottish Government needed to “buy ourselves sufficient time” to allow the vaccination programme to continue its work.
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Nicola Sturgeon says teenagers in Scotland are to be offered coronavirus vaccinations if experts approve.The First Minister said in the meantime efforts were focused on continuing the inoculation of adults
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Nicola Sturgeon has announced that Covid-19 restrictions will be eased in parts of Scotland on Saturday, but much of the country will retain tougher measures due to spikes in cases of the virus.The First Minister updated MSPs in the Scottish Parliament on coronavirus restrictions.Glasgow is to move from Level 3 to Level 2 of the Scottish Government’s coronavirus restrictions from Saturday.
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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it would be “absurd and completely outrageous” if the UK Government went to court to block a second independence referendum.She stated: “For this to end up in court, which is not something I ever want to see, it would mean a Conservative government had refused to respect the democratic wishes of the Scottish people and the outcome of a democratic election and tried to go to the Supreme Court to overturn Scottish democracy.”
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Leader of the Scottish National Party in the House of Commons Ian Blackford asks Prime Minister Boris Johnson whether WhatsApp messages published by his former senior aide Dominic Cummings on Twitter in which he appears to disparage Health Secretary Matt Hancock are “valid” and “genuine”. He does not respond. Report by Taylorjo. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has announced her new cabinet for the next Scottish parliamentary term. The SNP leader, who has been formally sworn in as First Minister, said her new Cabinet will give Scotland a "serious Government for the serious times we face". Report by THOMASL. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Former prime minister Gordon Brown says Britain needs to and can reform without Scotland becoming independent.
He says further thought is needed by Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP about what independence means for all regions within the UK. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
The Prime Minister has invited SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon for crisis talks on the Union after the First Minister warned he would be standing in the way of democracy if he denies Scotland a second independence referendum.The SNP fell one seat short of an overall majority in the Scottish parliament elections, securing 64 seats, but the final result still leaves Holyrood with a pro-independence majority.
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The Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to NHS workers during a speech at a drive-in cinema in Edinburgh.Kate was joined William at the unique event at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The couple, who are joint patrons of NHS Charities Together, hosted NHS staff for the special screening of Disney’s Cruella, in recognition of their vital work throughout the pandemic, after they had visited their old university town of St Andrews.
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Nicola Sturgeon has been formally sworn in as First Minister of Scotland at the Court of Session in Edinburgh. On Tuesday 18 May, the Scottish Parliament formally voted for Ms Sturgeon to continue as first minister following the SNP's election victory. Her nomination went to Queen Elizabeth II for approval before she was formally sworn in on Wednesday. Report by THOMASL. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
A young businessman has said offering young people from low-income or under-represented backgrounds an entrepreneurial education can help to tackle societal and racial inequality. Born and raised on a South-London council estate, British-Ghanaian William Adoasi, 31, founded high-end watch brand Vitae London in 2016 and recently saw the company surpass one million US dollars in revenue. For every watch sold, Vitae London supports a child in aub-Saharan Africa through education – providing them with two sets of school uniforms and shoes for a year or a solar-powered lamp so they have a light source with which to study.
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Thousands of Covid-19 jabs are being administered after stadiums and football grounds in London were transformed into mass vaccination centres. Giant jab clinics have been set up at the Olympic Stadium, Stamford Bridge, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Charlton Athletic FC, Selhurst Park and Crystal Palace Athletics Centre. Chelsea FC had 6,000 Pfizer vaccines to administer on Saturday, with the jab being offered to all adults over the age of 18 yet to receive a first dose, as well as those awaiting a second Pfizer dose. The “super pop-ups” are expected to attract thousands of young Londoners on “super Saturday” who are now eligible to receive their first Covid jab.
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Several hundred people turned out at the Square in Newtownards, Co Down, on Friday, for a protest against the Northern Ireland Protocol, organised by leading Brexiteers Baroness Hoey and ex-MEP Ben Habib.
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International Trade Minister Liz Truss says that the UK is not going to “lower import standards”, such as removing a ban on hormone-injected beef, in the wake of the country's new post-Brexit trade deal with Australia. She adds that the government is also negotiating the trans-Pacific partnership and are in talks with the United States. Report by Taylorjo. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn