Bahrain Chairs 23rd GCC E-Government Executive Committee Meeting    Weather Forecast for Monday    Yemeni Foreign Ministry Condemns Houthi Militia's Continuous Attacks on Marib, Saudi Arabia    UK ahead of 'miserable winter' due to new respiratory viruses, scientists warn    Qatar to require fans at 2022 World Cup to be vaccinated    Bahrain condemns Houthi terrorist militia's continuing launching of a number of drones towards Saudi Arabia    King, Crown Prince condole Zambian president on death of Kaunda    Saudi Arabia observes World Hydrography Day    King receives a message from Philippines president    Eng. Al-Hogail named president of UITP in Brussels    Palestine Records 68 New Cases of COVID-19    Egyptian Foreign Minister Meets with his Malaysian Counterpart    Ministry extends industrial license terms to 5 years    Saudi Stock Exchange Main Index Ends Trading Lower at 10,790 Points    Saudi Arabia Ranks First in Three Global Indicators on Addressing COVID-19 Pandemic    HRH Crown Prince Inaugurates 8 Housing, Medical Projects for Defense Ministry Personnel with Cost Exceeding SAR 4 Billion    Digital Government Authority Issues Circular on Establishing New Platforms, Mobile Applications, and Websites    Shoura to vote on Monday on proposal not to close shops during prayer times    COVID-19 cases slide for second straight day as recoveries rise    MWL Condemns Houthi Militia's Ongoing, Escalating Attacks against Civilians in Saudi Arabia    Sustainability solution or climate calamity? The dangers and promise of cryptocurrency technology    GACA completes linking of domestic flight boarding pass to Tawakkalna    GACA Issues Classification of Air Carriers, Airports for May 2021    Yemeni Army Spokesman: 75% of combat capabilities of Houthi rebels at Marib outskirts destroyed    La Liga icons to square-off online after calling each other out on Twitter    Nadal pulls out of Wimbledon and Tokyo Olympics    Sergio Ramos to leave Real Madrid after 16 years    RSIFF celebrates Saudi Cinema Nights in Jeddah on June 16–17    "Scripts and Calligraphy: A Timeless Journey" Exhibition Begins to Receive Visitors Today    Golf superstars confirm for $1m Aramco Team Series - London    $10 million Red Sea Fund to back over 100 projects    Saudi Music Commission Dedicates Patriotic Song to Green Falcons    Ministry of Culture holds 'Scripts and Calligraphy: A Timeless Journey' exhibition    Indian man believed to have headed 'world's largest family' dies    Ministry of Health: People With Obesity are Most Vulnerable to COVID-19 Infections    Saudi National Team Beats Singaporean Counterpart 3-0 in FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers    Saudi National Shooting Team Wins Gold, Silver Medals in Arab Shooting Championship    Saudi U-20 Team Beats Bosnia at End of Croatian Tournament    Saudi U-20 Team Concludes Croatia Camp with a Match vs Bosnian National Team    Ithra Holds Environment Exhibit    Use of external loudspeakers at mosques to be restricted to Adhan and Iqamat-ul-salah    From whom do we take Shariah? How do we get legitimacy?    Welcome to beautiful Ramadan customs    Vaccination does not invalidate fasting, says UAE Fatwa Council    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers in Arafat Holy Site    Senior Scholars Council Issues Decision No. 246 Regarding Attendance of Friday Prayer and Prayers at Mosques in a Case of Spread of Epidemic or Fear of its Spread    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





UK PM calls for crisis talks after pro-independence parties win Scotland election
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 10 - 05 - 2021

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday invited the leaders of the UK's devolved nations for crisis talks on the union after Scotland's pro-independence parties secured a majority in a parliamentary election.
Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party, said the election results proved that a second independence vote for Scotland was "the will of the country'' and that any London politician who stood in the way would be "picking a fight with the democratic wishes of the Scottish people.''
The United Kingdom is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with devolved governments in the latter three.
Johnson congratulated Sturgeon on her re-election, but said to the leaders of the devolved governments that the UK was "best served when we work together."
The letter invited the leaders to a summit to "discuss our shared challenges and how we can work together in the coming months and years to overcome them."
Final results of Thursday's election showed the SNP winning 64 of the 129 seats in the Edinburgh-based Scottish Parliament.
This leaves the SNP short of an overall majority, but the pro-independence camp will cross the line comfortably with Scottish Greens securing eight seats.
Speaking after winning her seat in Glasgow on Friday, Sturgeon said her immediate priority would be to deal with the pandemic and "then when the time is right to offer this country the choice of a better future."
Scotland has been part of the UK since 1707 and the issue of Scottish independence appeared settled when Scottish voters rejected secession by 55%-45% in a 2014 referendum.
But the UK-wide decision in 2016 to leave the European Union ran against the wishes of most Scots. 62% voted in favor of staying within the bloc while most voters in England and Wales wanted to leave. That gave the Scottish nationalist cause fresh legs.
Johnson says such an independence vote would be illegal because the powers to call it reside with the UK government in London.
On Saturday, Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph newspaper that another referendum would be "irresponsible and reckless'' in the "current context'' as Britain emerges from the coronavirus crisis.
When asked about the prospect of Johnson agreeing to a second Scottish referendum, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said Sunday "it's not an issue for the moment" and that the national priority is on recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.
The Scotland results have been the main focus of Thursday's local elections across Britain.
In Wales, the opposition Labour Party did better than expected, extending its 22 years at the helm of the Welsh government despite falling one seat short of a majority.
Labour's support also held up in some big cities. In London, Mayor Sadiq Khan handily won a second term.
Other winning Labour mayoral candidates included Steve Rotherham in the Liverpool City Region, Andy Burnham in Greater Manchester and Dan Norris in the West of England region, which includes Bristol. — Euronews


Clic here to read the story from its source.