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New independence vote looms as Scottish nationalists ahead in count

New independence vote looms as Scottish nationalists ahead in count”

As the SNP cruised to the election victory, she said there was no doubt elections to the Scottish parliament would return a pro-independence majority.

Current U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said earlier this month a second referendum on the issue in the current context would be "irresponsible and reckless".

"The results are looking like what we expected, that with the Scottish Greens there will be a pro-independence majority in the Scottish parliament and we take that as a clear mandate from the Scottish people to hold another referendum", Lorna Slater, co-leader of the Scottish Greens, told the BBC.

Results on Saturday showed Sturgeon's Scottish National Party (SNP) well on course for a fourth consecutive term in office having triumphed in 62 of the 86 seats so far declared for the 129-seat parliament.

"Voters have delivered a pro-independence majority in the Scottish Parliament, with the Scottish Greens playing a vital part, and it is now incumbent on Boris Johnson to recognise that democratic mandate". Johnson appears intent on resisting another vote, setting up the possibility of renewed tensions between his government and Sturgeon's devolved administration.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has however insisted it would be "irresponsible and reckless" to have such a ballot as Britain emerges from the coronavirus crisis.

Scotland previously held a referendum on Scottish independence in 2014, when 55 per cent of people voted to remain part of the British union, while 45 per cent voted against.

She added: "That in itself would be a very powerful argument for independence".

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On what was dubbed Super Thursday, around 50 million voters were eligible to take part in scores of elections, some of which had been postponed a year because of the pandemic that has left the United Kingdom with Europe's largest coronavirus death toll.

A similar invitation to the summit was being sent to Northern Ireland's first minister and deputy first minister, Mr Johnson said.

The other major parties running in the elections that were held on Thursday include the Scottish Conservatives, Scottish Labour Party and the Scottish Liberal Democrats - who are all against Scottish independence.

"He's absolutely hopeless and hapless and yet they've decimated the Labour Party in the by-election, the opposition party are meant to win by-elections, not to lose them massively". Many of these seats that have flipped from red to blue voted heavily in 2016 for Britain's departure from the European Union.

For Labour's new leader, Keir Starmer, the Hartlepool result was a huge disappointment and has led to another bout of soul-searching in a party that in 2019 suffered its worst general election performance since 1935. The speedy rollout of coronavirus vaccines also appears to have given the Conservatives a boost even though the United Kingdom has recorded Europe's highest COVID-related death toll at 127,500.

Starmer said he would soon set out a strategy of how it can reconnect with traditional voters. Khan's winning margin was down slightly on last time.

The Conservatives' Andy Street, meanwhile, was reelected as mayor of the West Midlands, which includes the city of Birmingham.



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