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[Politics] Scottish independence: Will there be a second referendum?

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The UK Supreme Court has ruled that the Scottish government cannot hold an independence referendum without the Westminster government's consent.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had said she wanted a vote to take place on 19 October 2023.

What has the Supreme Court said?
The court's president, Lord Reed, said the laws that created the Scottish Parliament in 1999 meant it did not have the power to legislate on areas of the constitution - including the union between Scotland and England.

The court rejected the Scottish government's argument that any referendum would be "advisory", and would have no legal effect.

Lord Reed said that in the absence of an agreement between the two governments, the Scottish Parliament does not have the power to legislate for a referendum.


In truth, it has never really gone away.

Ms Sturgeon called for another referendum - "indyref2" - immediately after the UK as a whole voted to leave the EU in the 2016 Brexit referendum. Scottish voters backed remain by 62% by 38%.

Independence supporters argued that Scotland should take its future into its own hands, and no longer be tied to the UK and its Conservative government.

Since then Ms Sturgeon has made repeated attempts to push for another vote but there has been no agreement with the UK government.

The SNP currently has a pro-independence majority in the devolved parliament alongside the Scottish Greens. It argues that its electoral success - coupled with the Brexit vote - mean it has a "cast-iron mandate" to hold another referendum.

But the UK government insists it will not grant formal consent for a referendum through what is known as a Section 30 order.

This was put in place ahead of the 2014 referendum. Many - but not all - experts believe such a mechanism would be needed again to ensure any future vote is legal.

Ms Sturgeon wrote to the then Prime Minister Boris Johnson in July asking for a similar agreement this time, but he said no.

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-50813510


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