World First results through in crucial Scottish elections
The UK is already stretched to breaking point. Boris Johnson's pile of scandals isn't helping matters
Life isn't much fun for Boris Johnson at the moment. Despite the United Kingdom's successful Covid-19 vaccine rollout and an end to lockdown in sight, the British Prime Minister finds himself engulfed in scandals less than a week before crucial elections take place. © Robert Perry/Getty Images Boris Johnson holds a crab at Stromness Harbour in July 2020 in Stromness, Scotland. The scandals range from allegations that he said he'd rather "let the bodies pile high in their thousands" than impose another lockdown to a formal investigation into exactly how he paid for a refurbishment to his apartment in Downing Street.
GLASGOW (Reuters) - The first results in crucial elections for the Scottish parliament which could determine the future of the United Kingdom began to be announced on Friday with mixed outcomes for Scotland's main pro-independence party.
The opposition Liberal Democrats won Orkney, an archipelago of islands in the north of Scotland, with a majority of 3,869, down from the last election in 2016 in the first declared result.
The ruling Scottish National Party, who are pushing for another referendum, increased their share of the vote to 29% from 24% at the last election.
Is the UK falling apart? Elections on Thursday could expose divides and strengthen a push for Scottish independence
In recent years, the United Kingdom has struggled to live up to its name. Tensions and old enmities have flared between the four nations that make up the kingdom, p[particularly since the Brexit vote in 2016. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all have factions pushing for a break from the U.K. © Provided by CNBC Counter-protesters with Union flags face off against pro-independence protesters gathering in George Square, Glasgow on May 1, 2021, ahead of the upcoming Scottish Parliament election which is to be held on May 6, 2021. - away from the UK.
In the seat of Aberdeen Donside, the SNP regained the seat, but saw its vote share decline.
(Writing by Michael Holden)
Scottish Leader Nicola Sturgeon Weighing Independence Vote for Country in 2022 .
Sturgeon's office told the Associated Press that "her intention [is] to ensure that the people of Scotland can choose our own future when the crisis is over."Sturgeon said she wouldn't rule out legislation paving the way for a vote at the beginning of 2022, a move Johnson has called "reckless" in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The Scottish National Party (SNP) leader, coming off her fourth consecutive parliamentary win, said that while Scotland's recovery is an immediate priority, a vote to break away from Britain is a matter of "when, not if." Results from Scotland's local elections last Thursday show that the SNP took 64 of 129 seats in the Parliament.