Take that, Nicola! Queen gets back to royal duty with bid to win over Scottish Parliament

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The Queen will head to Edinburgh on October 2 to take part in a special opening ceremony of the devolved Scottish Parliament. The monarch won’t be alone during this key engagement, as her son and heir Prince Charles and Camilla, known as Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, will also be in attendance.

During this special opening ceremony, the focus will be on celebrating the efforts of local heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, it may also represent also an act of royal charm offensive in Scotland amid calls for a second referendum on the nation’s independence from the rest of the UK.

This announcement comes as Alister Jack, the Scotland secretary, said the British Government could approve a second referendum on the issue of the nation’s independence if support for staging one remained above 60 percent for a sustained period of time.

He told Politico: “If you consistently saw 60 percent of the population wanting a referendum – not wanting independence but wanting a referendum – and that was sustained over a reasonably long period, then I would acknowledge that there was a desire for a referendum.”

This major concession comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson had continued to refuse for months calls to concede a second referendum.

Michael Gove, who had also ruled out a second independence referendum earlier this year, said at the beginning of August the UK Government would not stand in the way of another vote if it represents the “settled will” of voters.

He told the Sunday Mail: “The principle that the people of Scotland, in the right circumstances, can ask that question again is there.

“I just don’t think that it is right, and the public don’t think it is right, to ask that question at the moment.

“If it is the case that there is clearly a settled will in favour of a referendum, then one will occur.”

These comments come as the SNP is facing a decline in support for the Scottish independence he campaigns for. 


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