"There is simply no democratic justification whatsoever for PM Boris Johnson or indeed for anyone else seeking to block the right of the people of Scotland to choose our own future," says SNP leader after her party won a fourth term in power.
The Scottish National Party, which has led a minority government since 2016, says a big victory will give it the moral right and political momentum to hold a referendum on whether Scotland should end its three-century union with England.
Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon tells supporters she has "never been more certain" of achieving independence, arguing for a second referendum on Scottish independence.
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Scotland's devolved government has shelved its immediate plans to hold a second independence referendum until after the terms of Britain's exit from the United Kingdom are clear.
Scottish secessionist party SNP lost 21 of its 56 seats to parties that want to keep the United Kingdom intact.
The Scottish parliament voted 69-59 to back First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's call to ask the British government for an independence vote within the next two years. This vote could see Scotland eventually exit the United Kingdom
The Scottish government has demanded a new independence referendum from Britain after Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the start of Brexit on March 29.
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