Sinn Fein looks set to become the first Irish nationalist party to win the most seats in Northern Ireland, as UK PM Boris Johnson faces a pivotal mid-term popularity test.
"There is simply no democratic justification whatsoever for PM Boris Johnson or indeed for anyone else seeking to block the right of the people of Scotland to choose our own future," says SNP leader after her party won a fourth term in power.
The by-election, which takes place outside the normal parliamentary election cycle, was triggered by the resignation of a Labour lawmaker in March and is one of dozens of votes that took place on Thursday.
The Scottish National Party, which has led a minority government since 2016, says a big victory will give it the moral right and political momentum to hold a referendum on whether Scotland should end its three-century union with England.
Scotland can leave the United Kingdom, but being a part of the European Union will bring its own set of unique problems.
Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has resigned from the Scottish National Party days after allegations of sexual misconduct.
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