Nicola Sturgeo, Leader of Scotland wants to rejoin EU
Scotland, a part of the United Kingdom, is insisting it is not part of Brexit, which officially begins today.
“Scotland will be back soon, Europe. Keep the light on,”
Nicola Sturgeon, who also heads the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP), tweeted on Friday.
Her tweet concluded with emojis of the Scottish and European Union flags and hearts.
In the photo, a projection against the Berlaymont building in Brussels, Belgium, home to the European Commission, the words “Europe” and “Scotland” intersect over a heart.
On Wednesday, when Johnson signed a new post-Brexit trade deal with the EU, members of the devolved Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh voted to “refuse consent” to the deal.
The Scottish Parliament said it “would cause severe damage to Scotland’s environmental, economy and social interests.”
In 2014, Scotland voted to remain in the United Kingdom in a historic vote on independence from London.
However, continuing opposition to the Conservative government’s Brexit plan by the SNP has seen growing calls for a new independence referendum for Scotland – something Sturgeon has pushed for in recent months.
In November, she hinted at potential legal action if London attempts to block a new referendum in 2021.
Since 2014, opinions about remaining in the UK have shifted in Scotland, whose head of state has been united with the English crown since 1707.
Polls since August have shown a majority now support separation from London – a trend only helped by Johnson’s insistence that Scottish autonomy has been a “disaster” and former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s “biggest mistake.”