'No' from Scottish Supreme Court to second unilateral independence referendum

The opinion of the Supreme Court of Scotland was negative on the question of whether a second referendum on the independence of the country can be organized, this time without the consent of the central government of the United Kingdom.

In particular, the chief legal adviser of the Scottish government, Nicola Sturgeon, had asked the Supreme Court to judge whether there can be legislation in the Holyrood Scottish Parliament to hold a second “consultative” referendum on independence without the consent of London.

In September 2014 the referendum on Scottish independence from the United Kingdom was said to have been held with the approval of the British government. 55% of Scots chose to remain in the United Kingdom.

Reading out the reasoning for the decision, the Chief Justice of Scotland, Lord Reid, said it was “unanimously” held that Ms Sturgeon’s unilateral referendum bill touched on an issue with political implications affecting central government in London, namely the Union between Scotland and England. As such, it “does not fall within the remit” of the Scottish local parliament.

Ms Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party SNP which has governed Scotland as the largest party there for 15 years, has made multiple calls for a second referendum.

Referring before the decision to the possibility of her bill being rejected by the High Court, she said she would have no choice but to make the next election a “referendum” on Scottish independence. This position, however, has been rejected by the opposition parties in Scotland and the rest of the British parties.

The bill promoted by Nicola Sturgeon set the date for the new referendum on 19 October 2023.

In her first reaction on Twitter, the Scottish First Minister said she was “disappointed”, said she respected the verdict, but added that judges only interpret, not make, the law.

He added that “a law which does not allow Scotland to choose our future without the consent of Westminster exposes as a myth any notion of the UK as a voluntary partnership and strengthens the case for an independence referendum”.

Source: KYPE

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