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Nicola Sturgeon welcomes “Emphatic” victory for SNP in Holyrood elections

ANDY BUCHANAN via Getty ImagesNicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister and Chairman of the Scottish National Party (SNP), reacts after being declared the Glasgow Southside Seat winner

Nicola Sturgeon welcomed the SNP’s “record victory” in the Holyrood elections when she warned Boris Johnson not to block a second independence referendum.

The first minister said her party had won an “emphatic” victory and Johnson’s continued opposition to a second vote would “fight the democratic desires of the Scottish people”.

It came as the SNP was on the way to winning a fourth consecutive term under the control of the Scottish Parliament. Although an overall majority was unlikely for Sturgeon, they would continue to rule with the support of the independent Scottish Greens.

She said: “It looks like there is no doubt that there will be an independent majority in the Scottish Parliament and by normal democratic standards that majority should honor the commitments it has made to the people of Scotland .

“For any Westminster politician who tries to stand in the way, I say two things: First, you are not fighting with the SNP, but with the democratic desires of the Scottish people.

“And second, you will not succeed. The only people who can decide the future of Scotland are the Scots, and no Westminster politician can or should stand in the way. “

The SNP failed to capture Aberdeenshire West from the Tories and Dunbarton’s main target seat after Jackie Bailie, Scottish Labor Party’s deputy leader, held out.

But the party also made important gains, like Edinburgh Central, which was captured by former Westminster leader Angus Robertson.

The SNP chairman said: “We won more constituency seats than in the last election, we won a higher percentage of votes in the constituency election than in 2016, and in fact we won more votes and a higher percentage of votes than any party in the history of decentralization .

“In every way this is a historic achievement, quite an extraordinary achievement for the SNP – our share of the vote has increased, the share of the other main parties has decreased.

“The SNP strongly won this election, the message we sent to the people was approved and I now intend to get back to work delivering all that we have to offer to the Scottish people.”

The SNP has promised to hold a second independence referendum, with Sturgeon having already announced that this vote will take place before the end of 2023.

However, the Prime Minister has insisted that it would be “irresponsible and reckless” to hold such a vote if Britain emerges from the coronavirus crisis.

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He told the Daily Telegraph that his impression was that Scottish voters had “deviated from the idea of ​​a referendum”.

And when asked what he would do if Sturgeon tried to hold one without permission under a Section 30 order of Westminster, Johnson insisted that “now there is no case for such a thing”.

Meanwhile, Lorna Slater, co-chair of the Scottish Greens, told BBC Scotland: “Certainly we can see that with the Scottish Greens we have a clear majority for independence in the Scottish Parliament and that is something we are concerned about very pleased.

“We think there is a clear mandate to at least go back to the Scottish people and ask the question to have an actual conversation about what kind of country we want to be.”

Your comments came when the regional list spots were being declared and the Scottish Greens got a seat in central Scotland for the first time ever.

Earlier in the day, the Tories held the key seats of Aberdeenshire West as well as Galloway and West Dumfries.

And while Sturgeon’s party continued to gain constituency votes in Holyrood on Friday, its success in winning Ayr and East Lothian from the Tories and Labor MSPs, respectively, will lose out on the Southern Scotland regional list.

The coronavirus pandemic meant the traditional overnight counts were abandoned after the Scottish Parliament elections on Thursday and were instead counted on Friday and Saturday.

Sturgeon, who comfortably defeated Scottish Labor leader Anas Sarwar to claim Glasgow Southside, said her first focus afterwards is “getting back to work to steer the country through crisis and recovery”.

She added: “That remains the case. But once the crisis is over and there is a majority in parliament for an independence referendum, people should have the right to choose our future. Scotland’s future should always be in Scotland’s hands. “

Meanwhile, former First Minister Alex Salmond admitted that his new Alba party is unlikely to take seats in these elections.

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