The Daily Telegraph reported that the new Prime Minister of Scotland, the leader of the Scottish National Party Hamza Yusuf, asked British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to allow him to hold a new independence referendum.
According to the newspaper, Youssef, during his first meeting with the British Prime Minister, expressed the hope that he would “respect the democratic aspirations” of the Scottish Parliament and give him the authority to hold a referendum.
The newspaper added that Sunak proposed to Youssef in response to his request to reduce the cost of living in Britain instead of holding an independence referendum.
According to the same sources, the meeting took place in the UK Prime Minister’s office at Parliament Headquarters and lasted about 20 minutes.
It is noteworthy that the referendum on Scottish independence from the UK took place in 2014. At it, 55% voted to remain part of the United Kingdom.
The Scottish National Party is calling for a new referendum on Britain leaving the European Union.