Saturday, May 7, 2011

The absolute majority of Scottish Nationalists opens way for independence referendum

London (Special to Europa Press, Eva Martínez Millán) .- The historic absolute majority obtained by the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP, its acronym in English) in parliamentary elections held last weekend opened the way for the convening of the coveted referendum on the independence of the territory for the United Kingdom.

After starting the election campaign Labour behind in the polls, the SNP, which opened in the last legislative power with a minority government, has been awarded the 65 seats in the assembly hegemony of Holyrood, the threshold allows the training necessary to adopt the law convening a referendum at some point in the five years that will last the next term.

Although in the last elections that promise had focused the electoral program, could not materialize due to opposition from the majority of the parliamentary spectrum. This time, however, the referendum had not targeted to appeal to the betting public's support, which focused on economic recovery and job creation.

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, congratulated and nationalists, who are the first that will hold the majority in the history of the Scottish Parliament. However, although he promised cooperation, and warned that, in terms of aspirations for independence, will "campaign to keep the unity of the United Kingdom." "With every fiber I have," he said.

Loss of support of the SNP's victory is opposed to the loss of support from Labour and Liberal Democrats, the two formations for two consecutive terms had made the coalition that ousted nationalists in 2007. The first lost 10 seats and the second, 13, in line with the debacle that Nick Clegg in the local elections were held in local authorities in England and the expected defeat of his commitment to 'yes' in referendum on the voting system.

The chief minister, Alex Salmond, described the results as "historic" and took to reopen the debate on an election campaign criticized by the bitter confrontation between the contenders. With 64 percent of the vote in his constituency, Salmond held in yesterday's election triumph of the option "Do not insult the intelligence of the Scots." The election manifesto of his party's proposals included a freeze on municipal taxes for five years, protecting the health budget and the number of police officers, according to Salmond, betting that "interested people", while Labour's accused of not affect the question of the referendum to avoid losing the vote of more moderate on independence.

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