Sunak Holds First Meeting With Scotland’s Chief Minister
**Nicola Sturgeon meets Boris Johnson to discuss Scottish independence**
Boris Johnson and the Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, had a meeting this Friday which was qualified by nationalist politics as “perfectly constructive and cordial.” The two politicians met at a crucial moment for Scottish independence, as Sturgeon seeks to call a referendum late this year.
In a conversation with BBC Scotland today, Sturgeon said of the meeting that “we don’t agree on a lot of things, but we were able to talk about some of the areas where the Scottish and UK governments can work together”. They talked about the NHS and the pressures of the cost of living. They also discussed how they could work together to take advantage of Scotland’s renewable energy potential.
The UK High Court ruled last November that Sturgeon’s Home Rule Parliament has no power to hold an independence referendum without the permission of the London government. The Supreme Court also took into consideration that the consultation that the Scottish government wishes to hold on October 19, 2023 “would have important political consequences”.
In the 2014 referendum, 55.3% of Scotland voted against independence. It remains to be seen if the outcome of this meeting could bring about more progress for the nationalist cause.