Scottish election 2021: Five unknowns which could decide the race

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The SNP’s plan for this election was to speak about independence primarily as a distinction between the management of Nicola Sturgeon and that of Boris Johnson. But the rise of Alba means Ms Sturgeon doesn’t have full management over the pro-independence aspect of the debate, and has discovered herself speaking about borders, forex, the EU and every kind of probably sticky matters she would relatively have delay till a future referendum marketing campaign.

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