Boris Johnson, Nicola Sturgeon, Brexit

Boris Johnson, Nicola Sturgeon

UK to lift lockdown further but Scotland poses a danger for Boris Johnson

UK to lift lockdown further but Scotland poses a danger for Boris Johnson

5/10/2021 10:15:00 AM

UK to lift lockdown further but Scotland poses a danger for Boris Johnson

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce on Monday that the government will push ahead with the next stage of lifting lockdown in England.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he campaigns in Llandudno, north Wales on April 26, 2021.PHIL NOBLE | AFP | Getty ImagesLONDON — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce on Monday that the government will push ahead with the next stage of lifting lockdown in England, but a renewed bid for an independence vote in Scotland threatens to overshadow Westminster in the weeks and months ahead.

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Johnson's Cabinet is expected to sign off on Monday the further relaxing of lockdown measures from May 17, when international travel can resume in most circumstances although quarantines and testing will be required on return to the U.K., for the most part.

Pubs and restaurants are also due to welcome customers indoors again and indoor household mixing will be allowed to resume for groups up to six people. The government has said it hopes to lift all restrictions on social contact by June 21.Ministers will meet on Monday morning to agree on the next steps, the BBC reported Monday. Johnson is expected to say the data supports a further relaxation of measures and the public could be advised on whether more close personal contact with friends and family, such as hugging, is allowed, the broadcaster added.

The expected announcement on a further lifting of lockdown comes at a time when a political storm is brewing north of the border after Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon vowed on Saturday to press ahead with plans for a new referendum on independence from the U.K.

The comments by Sturgeon, the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), came after the party finished just one seat short of winning an overall majority in Scottish parliamentary elections last Thursday. The party is expected to call on the Scottish Green Party, another pro-independence party, for support when it comes to calling for another referendum.

Johnson has said he would try to block a second referendum on independence but Sturgeon has insisted the election result showed there was a mandate for a second vote."The only people who can decide the future of Scotland are the Scottish people, and no Westminster politician can or should stand in the way of that," Sturgeon told the BBC on Sunday.

A vote in favor of independence is not a foregone conclusion. In the last vote in 2014, 44.7% of voters voted in favor of independence and 55.3% voted against the split, and question marks over Scotland's economic viability as an independent nation remain unanswered.

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Top 5 richest person in the world Lets hope the EU is not a hidden hand in Scotland's push for independence, because this process could backfire badly in Spain. As to the reunification of Ireland approximately 50% of the population of NI is opposed to reunification, violently opposed, unwise to stir this.

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