A Fateful Day for Scotland? Elections in the UK | Free press


Scots and Welsh elect new regional parliaments. Mayors are elected in London and other cities in England. The elections in Scotland are exciting – the Earl can drag on.

London / Edinburgh (dpa) – Is Scotland Aiming for a Second Independence Referendum? An answer to this question could be the election to the regional parliament in the British part of the country.

In addition to Scotland, a new regional parliament will also be elected in Wales. In London and many other cities and counties in England, people are allowed to appoint new mayors and district and town councils.

The elections in Scotland, in particular, can have long-term consequences. The Scottish National Party (SNP), led by Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon, is hoping for an absolute majority. The party, which currently rules with the tolerance of the Scottish Greens, is calling for a second independence referendum for the British part of the country – but this requires London approval. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has so far strictly rejected this.

The British Prime Minister is extremely unpopular in Scotland. According to a recent survey from the University of Bristol and King’s College London, three quarters of Scots (72 percent) distrust the British Prime Minister when it comes to fighting pandemics. A majority of Scots (55 percent) also think that the government in London has not put in a good figure at all in the fight against the corona virus.

With an absolute majority, it is hoped, the SNP could have a clear mandate for the referendum and put more pressure on London. In a first referendum in 2014, a 55 percent majority of Scots had spoken out against the separation of the union with England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

It should be exciting. “The polls suggest a 50:50 chance of an absolute SNP majority,” election researcher John Curtice of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. The Conservatives are likely to be back in second place, ahead of the Labor Party, which was once overwhelming in Scotland.

It can take up to Saturday before the final result is certain. In any case, Sturgeon could hope again for the support of the Greens, who, according to surveys, should improve their result in these elections from six to 10 percent of the second vote. In the elections in Scotland, as in Germany, there are first votes for the election of direct mandates and second votes for candidates coming to parliament via regional lists.

Special attention will also be given to the by-election for a member of the House of Commons in the North East English town of Hartlepool. The previous opposition Labor party voter resigned after allegations of intimidation. Hartlepool is part of the former homeland of the British Social Democrats. At the same time, support for leaving the EU was particularly strong in the North East of England. Johnson’s conservatives were able to make strong gains in the last general election there. Should Hartlepool now also fall from the Tories, it would be a severe blow to Labor leader Keir Starmer, who has set himself the goal of retaking the so-called “Red Wall”. A result is expected on Friday.

In London’s mayoral elections, incumbent Labor President Sadiq Khan was well ahead of his conservative challenger Shaun Bailey in the polls recently. The counting of the votes can take up to Sunday.

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