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    A parliamentary election victory has emboldened Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon to push ahead with a referendum on ending its union with the UK.

    Her Scottish National Party has won the elections for a fourth consecutive time.

    And combined with other pro-independence candidates, Sturgeon has a majority in parliament.

    This means she has the numbers to win a vote in Scotland on independence.

    But will it succeed this time?

    And what would it mean for the future of the union?

    Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra


    Nicola McEwen, Professor of Territorial Politics at University of Edinburgh and Senior Fellow at UK in Changing Europe

    Ross Greer, Scottish Green Party politician and Member of the Scottish Parliament.

    Jim Gallagher, Honorary Professor at University of Glasgow and a former civil servant.

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    Scotland is a country in Western Europe which forms part of the United Kingdom. Its government was joined with that of England’s through the 1707 Acts of Union. A devolved government now administers many of the affairs of the country, though ultimate authority still resides with Westminster. Scotland has a distinct legal system and national sporting associations. 5.2 million people live in Scotland and the largest city in the country is Glasgow, though the capital is Edinburgh where the government sits at the Scottish Parliament opposite Holyrood Palace.

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