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Daily Mail: Scotland seeks to hold independence referendum in 2023, but London refuses

Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, claimed she had an "unquestioned mandate" to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence as she accused British Prime Minister Boris Johnson of lacking "basic humanity".

The SNP leader said her party's victory in Parliament's election in May meant she had the right to "implement the manifesto we have put before the state" which included a fresh vote on secession from the United Kingdom.

She said she wanted to re-hold the referendum - which was held for the first time in 2014 and ended in the rejection of independence - by the end of 2023.

The first minister said she would seek "cooperation, not confrontation" with the UK government as she sought permission to hold a vote.

The British newspaper “Daily Mail” indicated that a formal referendum could only be held if Johnson gave him the green light, but he made it clear that he did not support holding another vote, arguing that the first referendum was supposed to be an event that only happens once in every generation.

Sturgeon risked exacerbating her war of words with the prime minister when she attacked the government over its decision to scrap a £20-a-week increase in the value of universal credit.

She said that moving forward with the cut next month would show a "lack of care" for struggling families and "expose the absence of basic humanity."

Sturgeon's fresh campaign for an independence referendum comes despite polls suggesting most Scots do not want it any time soon.

Polls have shown Scots divided down on whether to leave the union, but support for independence has fallen sharply from the height of the pandemic.

Last week's poll found that only 31 percent support a vote on the crucial issue in the next two years.