British and Scottish politicians have eased the risk of a legal battle over whether Scotland can hold a new independence referendum, but it is not clear how London and Edinburgh will resolve this issue.
Pro-independence people won a majority of seats in the Scottish Parliament in the general election on Thursday. Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was ordered to continue the new independence referendum plan after the covida-19 pandemic is over.
The Edinburgh Election Commission announced on Saturday night that the Scottish National Party (SNP) has won 64 seats in Parliament, but there is absolutely no majority of 65 members.
However, considering that the Green Party, which also called for Scottish independence, won eight seats, the pro-independence parties clearly have the majority.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party opposed the referendum firmly in Scotland and claimed that the issue was resolved in 2014, when 55% of Scots voted against independence and 45% voted for independence.
Downing Street said that Johnson and St. Fish spoke on Sunday and agreed that their immediate focus was “to work together to recover from the pandemic.” He did not mention the issue of Scottish independence.
As more and more people speculate that the British government will also appear in court to block the referendum, in a television interview on Sunday, British Minister Michael Gove was repeatedly asked how London will solve the Scottish problem.
He declined to give details. He believes that Scots want politicians to focus on issues such as recovering from the pandemic and how to resolve issues such as poor educational performance and high drug abuse rates among Scottish students.
But Gove seemed to reject the idea of a legal battle. On the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), he was asked whether the government took St. Fish to court to prevent a referendum. “No, the first thing I should say-congratulations to Nicoli (in her election victory),” Gove replied.
Ask him to confirm that there will be no legal battle. He said: “We will not get close to this.”
Political commentators have no single position on Gove’s response.
Sturgeon, who appeared on the same BBC show shortly after Gove, said that whatever the exact meaning of Gove’s response, the British government’s legal action to prevent the referendum was “ridiculous and completely unheard of.”
Sturgeon said: “If it ends in court, which is something I don’t want to see, it means that the Conservative government refuses to respect the democratic aspirations of the Scottish people.”
She added that if the British government tried to use “legal power” to prevent the referendum, it would mean that the three-year alliance between England and Scotland would no longer be based on consensus.
Sturgeon said: “I don’t believe we will get there.”