Will the Scots take the lone road?

The SNP may scent victory but secession is a long way off, writes John Lloyd

The World Today Updated 2 November 2020 Published 24 September 2019 4 minute READ

John Lloyd

Co-founder, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and author of '‘Should Auld Acquaintance be Forgot: The Great Mistake of Scottish Independence’

Will the United Kingdom come apart? If the Scottish National Party attains its goal, it will. Breaking the Union has been its aim, its purpose, its reason for living: it is now closer to success than at any time in its 85-year-old history.

Nicola Sturgeon, the party leader, declared in October that she would ask for a second independence referendum within days of the December 12 election result. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that he would refuse the necessary permission: but she told her party conference in October that ‘the Westminster refusal is not sustainable … they know there is going to be a referendum’. She has talked of legal action to force the issue.

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