BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg warns Sturgeon majority not enough to secure new referendum

Kuenssberg warns SNP majority may not be enough for independence

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BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg outlined how the SNP and Nicola Sturgeon may not necessarily be any closer to independence. While speaking on Newscast, Ms Kuenssberg explained that a majority does not immediately result in a referendum because the SNP want one. She noted that Westminster and Boris Johnson’s Government still hold the final say on the independence referendum.

She did add, however, that with a majority the SNP has more scope to ask for another referendum, rather than demand.

Ms Kuenssberg said: “There will be an almighty row even if the SNP does get what they really want, a majority on their own.

“There will be an almighty row about whether that does give them the mandate to hold another independence referendum.

“They will certainly have the right to ask for one but remember the legislation is there that the UK Government does have the power to say yes or no to another referendum.

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“Technically, it is not in the Scottish Parliaments decision making.”

Ms Kuenssberg explained in greater detail why it was not a certainty that the SNP would get another referendum.

She said: “If they get that majority on their own that doesn’t mean there is going to be an independence referendum.

“Yes, you can say it would be seismic if they get a majority on their own, especially since Holyrood is set up to make it really hard for any one party to get a majority.”

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Ms Kuenssberg closed by insisting that the reality was less optimistic towards Scotland having a referendum.

She continued: “One thing doesn’t automatically lead to another despite what the narrative sometimes has been.

“If anything, the SNP appear to have been slipping back a bit in the last few weeks.

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“The Westminster people were starting to assume this is some kind of unstoppable drift towards independence in Scotland.

“That is just not actually the case.”

Scottish voters will head to the polls on Thursday, May 6, to cast their ballots on the 129 Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs) across 73 constituencies they want to represent them for the next five years.

There are a total of 25 parties running in the Holyrood election.

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