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Scotland POLL: Should ‘once-in-generation’ independence referendum be refused for decades?

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Scots headed to the polls last week to elect the 129 members of the Scottish Parliament, with the SNP falling one seat short of an overall majority. But despite the outcome, Nicola Sturgeon remains determined to secure a second Scottish independence referendum – something to which Boris Johnson is deftly opposed.

David Cameron signed off on a Scottish independence referendum in 2014 after SNP won a majority in Holyrood.

The vote was classified as a “once-in-a-generation” vote and was held to settle the issue once and for all.

The outcome of the referendum saw the Scottish electorate vote to remain part of the UK, with 55.3 percent voting “no” and 44.7 percent voting “yes”.

But despite the SNP’s defeat in the vote, the party continue to demand another referendum on the issue.

However, Mr Johnson remains opposed to the idea and suggested Scots will have to wait until 2055 to have another referendum on independence.

At the beginning of the year the Prime Minister said referendums are “not particularly jolly” and said the time between votes on Europe in 1975 and 2016 was “a good sort of gap”.

If this 41-year gap was emulated, then a second Scottish referendum wouldn’t be held until 2055.

But what do you think, should the so-called “once-in-generation” Scottish independence referendum be refused for decades?

Moreover, do you think that Scottish independence will ever take place?

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Ms Sturgeon has failed to secure an SNP majority in the last two Scottish elections, falling one seat short in the most recent vote.

As a result, Express.co.uk is asking if you think the SNP leader should resign for failing to win a majority in the 2021 election?

The most recent election saw the First Minister focus on the issue of Scottish independence, as she claimed independence sentiment has risen in recent years.

She cites Brexit as a leading driver for the cause, as ever council in Scotland saw Remain majorities in the 2016 EU referendum.

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Though the UK as a whole voted to leave the EU by 52 percent to 48 percent, Scotland voted to remain by 62 percent to 38 percent.

Ms Sturgeon claims Scotland was taken out of the bloc “against our will”.

With support for independence appearing to be on the up, do you think Mr Johnson should do more to save the union with Scotland?

Immediately after the election results, the Prime Minister called a summit with each of the devolved nations to help show a “spirit of unity and cooperation” and focus on pandemic recovery.

Mr Johnson said he has asked Ms Sturgeon, Mr Drakeford as well as Northern Ireland joint first ministers Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill to the summit.

He wrote in a letter to the leaders: “To that end, and reflecting your commitment to focus on recovery, I would like to invite you to join me, UK Government colleagues and others at a summit meeting to discuss our shared challenges and how we can work together in the coming months and years to overcome them.”

With the meeting involving all devolved nations, Express.co.uk is interested to know which country you are most worried about quitting the UK? Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland?

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