MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The SNP suffered on Thursday what its leader, Scottish First Minister Sturgeon, described as a disaster. The party has so far lost 20 seats and stands at 34.
"The big issue of this campaign up here wasn’t about Brexit. It was about what Nicola Sturgeon started in March, trying to ram through a second independence referendum… We’ve seen so many SNP seats fall here. Honestly, I think IndyRef2 is dead," she told Sky News.
The Scottish parliament backed Sturgeon's proposal last March to ask for a second vote on independence. Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May said the timing was not right as the nation had to focus on EU exit talks.