Scotland's Sturgeon proposes independence referendum in 2023

Baku, June 29, AZERTAC

Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, on Tuesday announced plans for a new vote to take the country out of the United Kingdom, according to Deutsche Welle.

In the wake of Brexit, Sturgeon, who is leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), said it was time to lead Scotland back into the European Union as an independent country.

Sturgeon said she wanted people in Scotland to vote on independence on October 19, 2023.

"Scotland over generations has paid a price for not being independent. Westminster governments we don't vote for, imposing policies we don't support, too often holding us back from fulfilling our potential," Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament.

"The conservatives have just six MPs in Scotland, barely 10% of Scottish representation, and yet they have ripped us out of the EU against our will," Sturgeon said.

She said the nation's devolved parliament could move ahead with a new independence referendum without the consent of the British government.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party, which is in opposition in Scotland, oppose any such vote. They say the question was settled in 2014, when the Scottish electorate voted by 55% to 45% to stay in the UK.

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