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Scottish Independence

From Brexit to Boris, a lot has changed since Scotland held its independence referendum in 2014. So much, in fact, that the result might be different now

Scottish Independence

First published
Monday 23 November 2020

Last updated
Sunday 22 November 2020

Why this story?

Are we witnessing the beginning of the break-up of the United Kingdom? Scotland voted No to independence in 2014, but so much has changed since then.

An unhappy marriage seems to be at breaking point. Brexit, the arrival of Boris Johnson as prime minister, the emergence of Nicola Sturgeon – and their dramatically contrasting leadership styles during the pandemic – have all added to a feeling that the two countries are on different paths.

Thursday 6 May 2021 is a crucial date in the calendar. Scottish Parliament elections are likely to deliver an SNP majority and new demands for a second independence referendum. What awaits? David Taylor, editor