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Election winner may be clear but much remains to be decided – Ian Swanson

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But there is still much that is uncertain about the results which will gradually emerge on Friday and Saturday as counts take place across the country under strict Covid conditions.

The biggest question politicians and pundits will focus on is whether the SNP can achieve an overall majority of seats in the parliament. The Holyrood voting system was designed to make this very difficult but since the Nationalists managed it in 2011 it has now become a benchmark against which its electoral performance is measured.

It therefore has a symbolic importance and would supposedly make it harder for Boris Johnson to dismiss a request for a Section 30 order to allow a second independence referendum. One weekend poll showed the SNP winning with........

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