As Scotland and the United Kingdom are increasingly moving on different political routes, we have to face the challenge of Scotland’s independence and shaping its own future, said Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Brussels on Tuesday.
The Scottish Prime Minister stressed that the disappearance of Britain’s EU membership (Brexit) and the “horror show” of British government competition for executive positions all show that Scotland has to set a different path, probably outside the UK.
“The people of Scotland must make a decision before it is too late to control the damage caused by Brexit,” he said.
Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), seeking independence in Scotland, held a one-day visit to Brussels with Michel Barnier, EU Chief Negotiator for Brexit, and in the afternoon to meet Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.
At the end of May, the Scottish Government submitted to the Edinburgh Parliament a package of laws aimed at preparing the law for a new referendum on independence in Scotland.
Since the 2016 EU referendum, Nicola Sturgeon has repeatedly suggested that a new referendum on independence in Scotland should be held, because Scotland cannot afford to be “pulled” out of the European Union, despite its clearly stated persistence.
Most recently, in April, he announced that before the next parliamentary elections in Scotland, or until 2021, a referendum on Scottish independence would have to be held again if Scotland were to leave the European Union against its will.
A referendum on Scottish independence was held in September 2014, but then the protesters of secession won a 55 percent majority.
London has already indicated that it will not approve the new Scottish independence referendum.