Sturgeon 'Confident' of Scotland's Independence Vote

Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon has stated that plans are "ready to go" to legislate for a second Scottish referendum vote in October 2023, following the 2014 referendum where Scots rejected independence by 55% to 45%.

Sturgeon 'Confident' of Scotland's Independence Vote
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Facts

  • Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon has stated that plans are "ready to go" to legislate for a second Scottish referendum vote in October 2023, following the 2014 referendum where Scots rejected independence by 55% to 45%.
  • Sturgeon argued that voters backed pro-independence parties in Scottish parliament elections last year and stated that she was "confident Scotland is going to become independent."
  • Speaking on Sunday to the BBC in Aberdeen, where the Scottish National Party is holding a party conference, Sturgeon claimed that "work on refreshing and updating the substantive case for independence is well underway."
  • The assertions by Sturgeon come as the UK Supreme Court will hear arguments on a case to be brought by the Scottish Government Tuesday. Some believe that Scotland doesn't need approval from Westminster and the UK government to legally hold an independence referendum.
  • UK Prime Minister Liz Truss has stated that "I'm very clear that, in 2014 when there was a referendum, we said it was once in a generation," claiming that "we're a family and we need to stay together."

Sources: Newsbud, Reuters, Scotsman, courier, and Scottish Daily Express.

Narratives

  • Left narrative, as provided by Daily Record.The refusal by Westminster to entertain the prospect of a second independence referendum is anti-democratic. However, as long as the Tories are in power, this will seemingly not change. Nobody is calling for the SNP to give up on dreams of independence, but progressive parties need to unite around a common cause of pushing the Conservatives out of Downing Street before real talks can begin.
  • Right narrative, as provided by Telegraph. Sturgeon, despite everything else going on in the world, is still fixated on Scottish Independence. Her voice is that of dangerous, intolerant, and tribalist nationalism. The SNP is only presiding over a declining economy and public services that show that her party is not fit to take care of Scotland.

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