Boris Johnson faces rising challenge from Scottish nationalists

Growing call in Scotland for territory's separation from UK

Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon (third from far left) with supporters in Glasgow, Scotland, on Sunday. Ms Sturgeon told voters that a vote for the SNP is a vote to escape Brexit. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon (third from far left) with supporters in Glasgow, Scotland, on Sunday. Ms Sturgeon told voters that a vote for the SNP is a vote to escape Brexit. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

When British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushed for an early general election, he undertook two political gambles.

The first was that his ruling Conservatives would win the ballot and gain the power to pull Britain out of the European Union.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 20, 2019, with the headline 'Johnson faces rising challenge from Scottish nationalists'. Subscribe