UK Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson loses seat to Scottish National Party

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Scotland's first minister said the result "renews, reinforces and strengthens" the mandate for Indyref2. "It's still my plan to submit an official request before the end of the year for a new independence referendum". He said in an interview with ITV News that he does not believe that another independence referendum was inevitable, adding that it would not be the right decision for Scotland or the United Kingdom.

Swinson, who, during the six-week election campaign insisted she could be the next British prime minister, swiftly resigned her position as party leader after just five months in the job.

THE RESULTS of yesterday's election in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is reflective of a country completely divided. "It is time now to decide our own future".

Ms Sturgeon said in the wake of the result that a second vote on Scottish independence is now a "democratic right" because of her party's "watershed" performance.

Humza Yousaf, Scotland's justice minister, said that the referendum in 2014 was the "gold standard" and that Scotland would seek the legal agreement for a repeat vote next year.

The rejection of that message was "a strong endorsement.of not having to put up with a Conservative government we didn't vote for and not having to accept life as a nation outside the EU", Sturgeon said.

But opponents said it was Johnson's appeal to English nationalism with his promise to "Get Brexit done" at the expense of the interests of Scotland and Northern Ireland which had been instrumental in his success.

The results - as well as that of the 2016 Brexit referendum, 2017 United Kingdom general election and European elections earlier this year - make it clear "beyond any doubt" that the overwhelming majority of Scots want to remain in the EU, she said.

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He said that the centre-left SNP's pro-EU and pro-immigration stance today sits in stark contrast to neighbouring England, which, unlike Scotland, voted to leave the European Union in the 2016 in/out Brexit referendum and voted overwhelmingly for Johnson's right-wing Conservatives on Thursday. "Whether or not Scotland becomes an independent country must be a matter for the people who live here - and for all of us, wherever we come from".

Jo Swinson, the Liberal Democrat party leader, stepped down after she lost her seat to a Scottish National Party candidate and Corbyn, who had been rattled by allegations of anti-Semitism, also announced he'd be leaving as the Labour party leader.

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has said his party must "listen and rebuild" after losing all but one of its seats in the general election.

Across the United Kingdom, the Conservatives secured their biggest majority since the 1980s in what Mr Johnson described as a "historic" election victory.

Conservative party chairman James Cleverly told the BBC that Thursday's result was not a mandate for a second independence vote. The Labour vote was down by 8.5% to 18.6%, while the Liberal Democrat vote actually increased by 2.8% to 9.5%.

Sturgeon will write to the prime minister before Christmas to formally demand Holyrood be given the power to hold a second vote on independence.

Next Thursday MSPs will vote on the final stage of legislation which sets out a framework for any future referendums to be held in Scotland.

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