Scotland’s Sturgeon priming itself for elections in autumn 2018

The UK has seen 4 elections in an equal number of years.

In a significant development that could potentially have a bearing on Brexit negotiations, Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister has moved one of her key allies into a campaigning mode since she thinks the UK could hold a national election just before it is set to depart from the European Union.

These last years have been one of the most tumultuous times in recent British political history with the country holding four major elections in the last four years. 2014 was witness to the Scottish independence referendum, in 2015 there was general elections in the UK, 2016 was the year of the historic Brexit referendum of 2016 and also saw Prime Minister Theresa May calling for snap elections in which her party lost crucial ground.

Keeping in view this scenario, Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party said, it must be prepared for every eventuality. May continues to lead her deeply divided party as well as a deeply divided country as she struggles to find her footings in Brexit negotiations, slated to be the most complicated since WWII. Britain is set to leave the bloc on March 29, 2019.

In efforts aimed at preparing her party for a potential elections, Sturgeon moved the economy minister in her devolved government, Keith Brown, to take over campaigning at the SNP, said John Swinney, Sturgeon’s education minister to the BBC radio.

The SNP is priming itself for “the possibility of an early election in the autumn for which the party has to be ready, and also to make sure the party is advancing the arguments around independence,” said Swinney.

In the Brexit referendum Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay with the European Union.

Earlier this month, following a public argument with May’s government over how much say Scotland should have over the terms of the Brexit divorce, the SNP added more than 7,000 new members in a matter of days.


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