Published: Fri, December 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

GENERAL ELECTION: Exit poll forecasts big gains for SNP

GENERAL ELECTION: Exit poll forecasts big gains for SNP

While Boris Johnson is heading back to Downing Street with a majority - allowing him to push ahead with plans to leave the European Union - in Scotland it is Ms Sturgeon's party that has most cause to celebrate.

The party won a lot more votes than it did at the last election in 2017 - the SNP even won the seat of Jo Swinson, the leader of the Liberal Democrat Party.

The Scottish Conservatives were defeated in constituencies including Angus in the north of Scotland and East Renfrewshire in the central belt.

"I still believe that we as a country can be warm and generous, inclusive and open, and that by working together with our nearest neighbours we can achieve so much more", she said.

The president of the Liberal Democrats, Brinton, said: "I want to thank Jo Swinson for her honest and fearless leadership of the Liberal Democrats".

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Scotland is in deep trouble if Boris Johnson is elected Prime Minister, according to the SNP's Glenrothes candidate.

"There is a mandate now to offer the people of Scotland the choice over our own future", Sturgeon told Sky News.

People in Scotland might soon be asked if they want to leave the United Kingdom and form an independent country.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has already pledged to send a letter to Boris Johnson requesting Holyrood be given the power to hold a fresh ballot on the issue - but the PM has said he will reject it.

There were high hopes for Ms Swinson's party at the start of the campaign, but it never took off and the exit poll predicted that they would win a single additional seat. It can only do that by consent, therefore Scotland has to have the ability to decide that question.

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