Edinburgh demands a new referendum for leaving the UK

Scotland calls for a new independence referendum

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced her intention to hold a new referendum on the country's independence.

"After everything that has happened (Brexit, Boris Johnson, coronavirus) ... it's time to talk about how to make Scotland more prosperous and fair. Time to talk about independence and make this choice," she said at a press conference at her residence in Edinburgh.

The broadcast was conducted on the website of the Scottish Government.

"We ... will not be dependent on the decisions of the Westminster government, for which we did not vote," Sturgeon added.

She assured that any referendum would be held in accordance with the law and that the Scottish government was currently looking for a way to get it to take place without the approval of the UK government.

A new document has been published on the website of the Scottish Government, which provides arguments in favor of the country's independence, as well as highlights the economic and social context of the situation.

Sturgeon has previously announced her intention to hold another independence referendum in 2023, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly stated that he will not allow a second referendum, since the people of Scotland already expressed their will in 2014. Back then, 55% voted in favor, 45% against. The Scottish referendum will require the approval of the central authorities.

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Author`s name Petr Ermilin