Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon vowed on Saturday to press ahead with plans for a new referendum on leaving the United Kingdom after saying there was no doubt elections to the Scottish parliament would return a pro-independence majority.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has invited the leaders of the UK's devolved nations for crisis talks on the union, after Scotland's pro-independence party won its fourth straight parliamentary election. "If people in Scotland vote for a pro-independence majority in the Scottish Parliament, no politician has got the right to stand in the way of that", she said.
"It is the will of the country", she added after her Scottish National Party (SNP) was returned for a fourth consecutive term in office.
Johnson in an interview with The Daily Telegraph indicated that he would not agree to a referendum even if the SNP won a majority.
Scotland held its last Independence referendum in 2014, but the result was 55% to 45% in favor of Scotland remaining in the three-centuries-old union with England and Wales.
The British government says that Scotland needs its permission to hold another referendum - and Johnson has rejected the idea. But with allies in the Green Party, Sturgeon said she would push for another referendum on independence once the pandemic has ended. The first-choice votes, the first two - Khan and Bailey - went to the second round, in which both the first and second choice votes were counted.
Sturgeon said her immediate priority would be steering Scotland through the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, former first minister Alex Salmond conceded it is unlikely his new Alba Party will take seats in this election.
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Reuters reported that Scots' hatred of Johnson's conservative government is now playing a role, and their satisfaction with Prime Minister Sturgeon's government dealing with the coronavirus crisis.
The Scottish National Party (SNP), which favours Scottish independence, looked likely to come out strongest in elections in the regional parliament on Saturday morning, making the prospect of a second referendum on breaking away more likely.
"For this to end up in court, which is not something I ever want to see, it would mean that a Conservative government had refused to respect the democratic wishes of the Scottish people", she said.
He has consistently argued that the issue was settled in a 2014 referendum where 55 per cent of Scottish voters favoured remaining part of the UK.
It comes after Labour received a battering in some parts of the country, losing control of a host of councils and suffering defeat at the hands of Boris Johnson's Conservatives in the Hartlepool by-election - the first time the north-east town has elected a Tory MP since 1959.
The party responded by sacking its chair, Angela Rayner, but some MPs publicly criticised Starmer.
The Labour government in Wales has also done better than anticipated and is set to hold onto power.
Dogged by scandals in recent weeks, Johnson also campaigned on his record of finally having "got Brexit done".
The party also won other mayoral races, including Steve Rotherham in the Liverpool City Region, Andy Burnham in Greater Manchester and Dan Norris in the West of England region, which includes the city of Bristol. The devolved government has an array of powers but many economic and security matters remain within the orbit of the British government in London.