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Scotland’s leader launches campaign for a new independence referendum: NPR

The first Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, will be interviewed on Tuesday 17 May 2022 in Washington.

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The first Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, will be interviewed on Tuesday 17 May 2022 in Washington.

Jacquelyn Martin / AP

LONDON – Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday launched her campaign for a second independence vote, arguing that Scotland would be economically better off outside the United Kingdom.

Sturgeon, who heads the Scottish National Party as well as the decentralized government in Scotland, says she will publish the first in a series of papers outlining the issue of independence.

Scotland rejected independence in a 2014 referendum in which 55% of voters said they wanted to remain part of Britain. The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is opposed to a new referendum on independence, saying the issue was settled by this vote.

But Sturgeon claims that the landscape has changed since then, most importantly because of Britain’s departure from the European Union, a policy that a majority of the people of Scotland oppose.

“Had we known in 2014 all we know now about the path Britain would have taken then, I have no doubt Scotland would have voted yes then,” Sturgeon said in an interview with the BBC.

Scotland’s leader launches campaign for a new independence referendum: NPR

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