Will there be another Scottish independence referendum?

Nicola Sturgeon has launched the SNP’s campaign for a second Scottish independence referendum

Eight years after Scotland voted to remain in the UK, Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have launched their campaign for a second referendum.

The political party launched its new campaign to leave the UK after saying the Scottish people had given an “undeniable mandate” to do so.

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Party leader and Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, unveiled the latest plans for a “different and better vision” for Scotland in a series of papers outlining the case for leaving the UK on Tuesday 14 June have been set out in detail.

But opposition parties have accused the SNP of being obsessed with its quest for independence, and the UK government has signaled it would not authorize a second referendum.

So will there actually be a vote? And what do the latest polls say about Scotland’s independence aspirations?

Nicola Sturgeon has launched the campaign for the second Scottish independence referendum. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Will there be a second Scottish independence referendum?

Indyref2 has been a household word since the results of the 2014 referendum were announced.

It became clearer after the Brexit vote in 2016 – 64% of Scottish voters voted to remain in the EU, despite the UK vote, meaning the country as a whole has left the European Union.

But the reality could now be closer than ever.

Ms Sturgeon and her party have campaigned in general elections and Scottish elections in recent years, often with a focus on another vote on independence.

In the last independence referendum, Scots voted 55% to remain in the Union, while 45% voted to leave.

The SNP has consistently had strong electoral results in Scotland, with the party saying this has given the party an “undeniable mandate” to push for a second referendum.

However, the UK Government does not agree that now is the time for another vote on Scotland’s future.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has argued the 2014 referendum was a “once in a lifetime” opportunity, adding that another vote should not take place for at least 40 years.

However, Ms Sturgeon has promised to “find a way forward if necessary without a Section 30 order”.

What is a Section 30 Order?

As part of the 2014 referendum, the Scottish Government formally applied for a Section 30 Order from the UK Government to enable it to have the power to hold the vote at all.

The arrangement is under the Scotland Act 1998 and allows the Scottish Government to increase or reduce its legislative powers when granted by the UK Government.

The Scottish Government had already requested a Section 30 Order in 2017 when trying to hold a second referendum, but the UK Government refused to grant it. This was then renewed in 2019 to carry out voting in the near future.

What did Nicola Sturgeon say about a second Scottish independence referendum?

Following the unveiling of the SNP series of papers for a new independence campaign entitled Independence in the Modern World. Wealthier, happier, fairer: why not Scotland?’ – Ms Sturgeon said the Scottish Government’s power to hold the vote was “controversial”.

However, the First Minister added that the UK Government should recognize the role of democracy in allowing the country to hold the referendum again.

She said: “If this British government had any respect for democracy at all, the question of legality, like in 2014, would be beyond doubt.”

Ms Sturgeon said she was “ready at any time to discuss the terms of any such order with Mr Johnson”, but added that the SNP “must find a way forward without a Section 30 order if necessary”.

The First Minister said Scottish independence from the UK would “put the levers of success into our own hands” and that Westminster was taking Scotland “in the wrong direction”.

When will a second Scottish independence referendum take place?

As of now, there is no schedule or set date for a vote.

The SNP was keen to hold the referendum in 2023 after Covid delayed its plans in 2019.

Ms Sturgeon told reporters on the release of the first paper that the Scottish Government would be issuing an update on its plans for holding the vote in the near future, while more information on how the country would operate separately from the UK will also be released .

What do the polls say about Scottish Independence?

Scottish people’s preference for leaving the UK is at an all-time high, according to recent polls.

A May 23 YouGov poll found that 45% of recipients would vote yes (to leave the UK) and 55% of recipients would vote no (to stay in the UK), reflecting the results of the vote from 2014 reflects.

A May 31 poll by Ipsos Mori showed that the result would be evenly between 50% and 50%.

The Yes campaign has seen swings in support in recent years, boosted in the polls following events such as the Brexit vote and Mr Johnson’s election as UK Prime Minister.

Support peaked at 56% in the November 2020 polls.

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