LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s cabinet put of business will put up a “2d flagship HQ” in Glasgow as the government plans to transfer about a of its operations to Scotland, ministers announced on Monday, at a time when support for Scottish independence is running excessive.
Ties between Scotland and the remainder of Britain catch been badly strained by a worthy-criticised COVID-19 pandemic response and Brexit, which a majority in Scotland hostile.
That has worsened for diverse Scottish the sense that policies designed in London don’t signify their views and manufacture their day-to-day lives more sturdy.
The cabinet put of business, which oversees the running of the government machine, acknowledged it modified into creating a new headquarters in Glasgow, while the international put of business planned to assemble 500 new jobs at an existing put of business in East Kilbride.
“No longer greatest will this bring new jobs and investment to Scotland, this may occasionally presumably perhaps reinforce the variety of the UK civil carrier, ending the Westminster is aware of greatest formula to policymaking and ensuring Scottish voices shape everything we attain,” Cabinet Home of job minister Michael Gove acknowledged in a commentary.
In total 1,000 extra jobs may presumably be positioned in Scotland over the following four years. The voice functions to be shifted to Scotland weren’t put out.
More of the government’s 400,000-plus employees are based totally in London than any other metropolis, even if there modified into an extended-term push to detect extra of these jobs in other locations to assure the perception of London-centric policymaking.
Polls explain extra folk in Scotland support independence than want to remain phase of Britain.
Scottish nationalists are pushing for an independence referendum to be held after this Might perchance simply’s Scottish parliament election, however British High Minister Boris Johnson has acknowledged such votes will catch to happen greatest once in a generation.
In a referendum in 2014, Scots voted 55%-45% to remain in the United Kingdom.
(Reporting by William James; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)