According to a survey, if the question “Should Scotland be an independent country?” was asked right now, 47% of Scots would say no. The survey also showed a substantial split among Scots on the issue of a referendum taking place next year.
Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister, has said that a referendum would be held by the end of 2023 and that constitutional issues will be addressed after the Coronavirus epidemic has ended. When it was discovered that the SNP’s future conference would be primarily focused on independence and separation, the public now fears that the vote would be conducted much earlier. A drafted version of what is to be discussed tells us that the new campaign emphasizes how breaking apart from the UK was ‘essential’ for recovery from the SARs-Covid-19 pandemic. The same document also points out how the First Minister must also go forward with plans for an early independence vote at Holyrood, as soon as the pandemic is over.
Some believe that this obsession with splitting communities and jeopardizing people’s livelihood distracts the government from its primary responsibility of recovery in the long term. Even spokesmen from the conservative party would add that a rushed referendum would derail from this important rebuilding period. However, those from the SNP believe that the only way for Scotland to reach its true potential is through becoming an independent, autonomous country and a member state of the EU.
Amidst these differing opinions, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is of the view that constitutional change is not a high-level priority right now. He emphasized similar ideas of how the primary goal right now is to recover, economically, from a deadly pandemic and a second independence referendum is a very difficult possibility shortly.