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Scottish And Welsh Elections Could Determine Future Of British Union

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Voters in Scotland and Wales will on Thursday be heading to the polls in highly-anticipated parliamentary elections which could determine the future of Britain’s union.

 

Citizens in Scotland and Wales will cast their votes for the devolved parliaments from 6 am GMT to 9 pm GMT.

 

The Scottish National Party (SNP), which is pro Scottish independence, is likely to win the election again according to opinion polls but it is unclear whether they can seal a majority in the Scottish parliament.

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If they succeed, party leader Nicola Sturgeon has previously stated she will give citizens the opportunity to have a say on whether Scotland should break away from Britain and be its own separate state.

 

Sturgeon would, however, wait until after the nation has curbed the Coronavirus to hold the referendum. Scotland voted 55 percent to 45 percent in 2014 to stay as part of the British union.

 

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been dismissive of a second referendum for Scotland, saying the 2014 vote still holds. Critics though say that came before Britain exited the European Union, which the majority of Scots did not want.

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Wales is also holding its parliamentary election on the same day. Mark Drakeford, of the left-wing Welsh Labour, is keen to have a second term leading the Welsh parliament.

 

However, the latest polls show while his party could gain the most seats, they may not gain a majority either.

This could see him forming a coalition with fellow left-wing party Plaid Cymru, whose leader Adam Price is calling for an independence referendum within five years if his party wins a majority.

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