Pro-independence parties won a majority in the Scottish Parliament on Saturday, pushing for a constitutional fight with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the future of the United Kingdom.
Nicola Sturgeon,Scotland’s First Minister said that the win means she will press ahead with a second independence referendum once the pandemic is over. “There is simply no democratic justification whatsoever for Boris Johnson, or indeed for anyone else seeking to obstruct the right of the people of Scotland to choose our future,” Sturgeon added.
Johnson must grant approval for any referendum, the British government says, yet, has made it clear repeatedly that he will reject it, as he said that Scots supported staying in the UK in a “once in a generation” poll in 2014.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says a referendum on Scottish independence "is the will of the country”
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“The nationalists argue that they have democratic power on their side, and the British government says the law is with them. The final decision on the referendum will likely be decided in the courts,” Reuters wrote.
The Acts of Union were two Acts of Parliament: the Union with Scotland Act 1706 passed by the Parliament of England, and the Union with England Act passed in 1707 by the Parliament of Scotland. They put into effect the terms of the Treaty of Union that had been agreed on 22 July 1706, following negotiation between commissioners representing the parliaments of the two countries..