Scottish Independence Shock for Sturgeon

Updated on August 10, 2016
Nicola Sturgeon leader of the SNP and First Minister of Scotland.
Nicola Sturgeon leader of the SNP and First Minister of Scotland. | Source
Theresa May successor to David Cameron as British Prime Minister.
Theresa May successor to David Cameron as British Prime Minister. | Source
Scottish flag.
Scottish flag. | Source
Image of William Wallace as portrayed in the movie 'Brave Heart' played by Mel Gibson.
Image of William Wallace as portrayed in the movie 'Brave Heart' played by Mel Gibson. | Source
Monument to William Wallace, Scotland.
Monument to William Wallace, Scotland. | Source
David Cameron former Prime Minister who persuaded voters to remain in the UK during the Scottish referendum.
David Cameron former Prime Minister who persuaded voters to remain in the UK during the Scottish referendum. | Source
Ex - Labour Leader Ed Miliband who with Cameron was on the side for Scotland to stay in the UK.
Ex - Labour Leader Ed Miliband who with Cameron was on the side for Scotland to stay in the UK. | Source
Nick Clegg partnered Cameron and Miliband in persuading Scottish voters to remain in the UK.
Nick Clegg partnered Cameron and Miliband in persuading Scottish voters to remain in the UK. | Source
Former First Minister of Scotland and leader of SNP Alex Salmond.  Now an SNP MP at Westminster.
Former First Minister of Scotland and leader of SNP Alex Salmond. Now an SNP MP at Westminster. | Source

When Nicola Sturgeon became leader and First Minister of Scotland after the Scots voted for their nation to stay in the UK she seemed the natural shoe in to replace Alex Salmond.

Salmond stepped down in the wake of the defeat in which he and his party the SNP wanted his nation to exit the UK and then re - apply to join the EU. Salmond can now be found in Westminister taking his place with the SNP as MP for his constituency in Scotland.

The SNP or Scottish National Party are now the third largest party in the UK getting a large number of MPs in the UK Parliament. Extremer members of the SNP are inspired by the historical figure of William Wallace who fought for Scottish independence as dramatised in the movie 'Brave Heart' by Mel Gibson. Of course this movie took liberties in historical accuracy but then again so do many films supposedly based on historical events.

David Cameron when he was Prime Minister seemed to have a good working relationship with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon when she took over from Salmond. It seemed the question of a second referendum for Scotland after it had voted to stay in the UK was a thing for a future time a long way if at all.

When the UK held the recent Brexit vote she campaigned for the UK and more importantly Scotland to stay in the EU. However this did not happen as the majority of the UK that is England and Wales voted to leave the EU. Sturgeon seemed beside herself after this going to Brussels to see what help the EU could give to Scotland to stop it leaving the EU along with the rest of the UK. It seemed she received short shrift from EU leaders as it was said to her Scotland could do nothing on its own as it was not a stand alone nation but still part of the UK and consequently would be leaving the EU when the time came.

Many Scots felt aggrieved as their nation had as opposed to England and Wales voted to remain in the EU and now felt England and Wales because they had voted for Brexit were forcing Scotland as they saw it to leave the EU. Northern Ireland was the other nation that voted to remain in the EU or European Union.

Sturgeon said another referendum for Scotland to leave the UK and re - join the EU was now on the table. Sturgeon met with new British PM Theresa May who had replaced David Cameron as he had stepped down after the Brexit vote to leave as he had favoured the UK remaining. It seemed Sturgeon and May had had a matter of fact meeting at home of the First Minister of Scotland - Nicola Sturgeon.

It seemed May and Sturgeon had spoke about the possibility of Scotland still remaining in the EU and still being part of the UK even though possibly in two years time the UK would be leaving the EU.

A new poll however featured in many newspapers may have trouble in store for Sturgeon where it seems many Scots would wish to remain in the UK if a vote on Scottish independence was held now.

Of course we all know polls can be fickle, however, if this is the case that many Scots would prefer to remain in the UK then be free then that will dash both Sturgeon's and the SNP's wider dream of seeing Scotland functioning as a free nation.


Nicola Sturgeon: Brief Biography

  • Nicola Sturgeon current leader of the SNP and First Minister of Scotland.
  • Born in Scotland in 1970, working class background.
  • She has been a Member of the Scottish Parliament since 1999 or MSP.
  • She represents Glasgow Southside.
  • She succeeded Alex Salmond on 19 November as leader of the SNP and First Minister of Scotland.
  • Nicola has English ancestry in the North East of England.

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