Nicola Sturgeon sets the date for a proposed Scottish independence referendum.
The first minister said she wanted the process to be “legal” and “constitutional” as she called for steps by the Scottish government to bypass Boris Johnson’s discretion if he chooses to block the vote as he did before. Is.
She told the MSP that a bill would be brought in before Holyrood to plan a referendum on 19 October 2023, asking the same question as the 2014 vote: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”
Mr Johnson’s spokesman said the prime minister did not think it was time for a referendum. The prime minister and his Conservative Party strongly opposed a referendum, saying the issue was resolved in 2014 when Scots voted against independence from 55 percent to 45 percent.
He had previously refused to issue a Section 30 order that would give the Scottish Parliament the right to hold a referendum.
Ms Sturgeon said the UK government had opposed the legality of the referendum without such an order, and therefore already asked the Lord Advocate, the senior law officer for Scotland, to refer the question to the UK Supreme Court was.
General elections are expected to be held in the months following the date chosen. Ms Sturgeon said if there was no legal way for a referendum, her Scottish National Party would contest the next election on the single issue of Scotland becoming independent.
She said she was writing to inform Mr Johnson of her plans, adding that she would clarify that she was “ready and willing” to negotiate the terms of the Section 30 order with him.
In light of the Prime Minister’s previous refusal to give Scotland the power to vote, she said: “What I am unwilling to do, what I will never do, is allow Scottish democracy to be a prisoner of Boris Johnson or any Prime Minister.” gives. .
“My determination is to secure a process that allows the people of Scotland to express their views in a legal, constitutional referendum, whether yes, no or yet to be decided, so that the view of the majority is fair and democratic. way to be installed.
“The steps I’m taking today want to achieve this.”