Sturgeon banks on Biden support for independence as she congratulates new US president | UK | News (Reports)


The SNP leader watched the inauguration ceremony on TV and expressed her desire to see Scotland and the US develop their relationship going forward. In a tweet Ms Sturgeon wrote: “Warm congratulations and best wishes to President Biden and Vice President Harris. Scotland and the USA share long-standing bonds of friendship and co-operation.

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“We look forward to building on these in the years ahead.”

Scotland is due to hold elections to the Scottish parliament in May, Covid permitting.

The Scottish nationalists are expected to increase their majority in Holyrood.

Ms Sturgeon and her party are hoping to use any increased majority to force Boris Johnson into granting another independence referendum.

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As far as the Scottish nationalists are concerned, Brexit provides grounds for a second plebiscite.

And some experts believe that Mr Biden’s presidency will provide encouragement for the SNP’s independence push.

Ronald MacDonald, research professor of macroeconomics and international finance at Glasgow University’s Adam Smith Business School told “I cannot see Joe Biden not supporting Scottish independence.

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“He will have to respect the democratic wishes of the Scottish people.”

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