Goodbye plans Nicola Sturgeon to hold a second independence referendum in Scotland in 2023. The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom has ruled this Wednesday that the autonomous Parliament of Scotland does not have the power to call an independence referendum without the consent of the Government of London.
british supreme thus denying Scotland the right to call a unilateral referendum since “it deals with matters reserved to the British Parliament, such as the Union between Scotland and England”.
Judge Robert Reed stresses that the verdict “is in the public interest” and that “it is not a political decision” on independence. The Supreme understands that the consultation of Scotland “would have important political consequences”and, therefore, “would strengthen or weaken the democratic strength of the Union and would support or undermine the democratic credentials” of the independence cause.
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October 19, 2023
The nationalists of Prime Minister Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party already had a call date for the second independence referendum: next October 19, 2023. Sturgeon promised that the consultation would be legal and agreed with the British Government, identical to the one held in 2014. He also warned that his intention was to continue even without London’s endorsement.
In the first referendum, held in September 2014, 55% of Scots rejected the separation of the United Kingdom against 45% who supported independence.
Before in No With the resounding response of the United Kingdom Government to this second consultation, Sturgeon decided to go to the Supreme Court to decide whether the Scottish Parliament can call an independence referendum without the approval of Westminster, which considers that this debate was already settled in 2014. Scottish authorities consider that The scenario is now very different, with the United Kingdom outside the European Union.
Sturgeon, who has always sought the go-ahead from London, has promised that he will abide by the Supreme Court’s ruling, but already warned several weeks ago that, if it rules against him, the next legislative elections in Scotland will be de facto a vote for or against of secessionism.
After hearing the sentence, Sturgeon has shown “disappointed”, although he has also stated that he “respects” her. Likewise, he has said that the Supreme Court “does not make the laws, it only interprets them” and has added that “a law that does not allow Scotland to choose its own future without Westminster’s consent exposes as myth any notion that the UK is a voluntary association and strengthens the case for independence.”
“Scottish democracy will not be denied. Today’s ruling blocks a route for Scotland’s voice on independence to be heard, but in a democracy our voice cannot and will not be silenced,” he tweeted.
2/ Scottish democracy will not be denied.
Today’s ruling blocks one route to Scotland’s voice being heard on independence – but in a democracy our voice cannot and will not be silenced.
I’ll make a full statement later this morning – tune in around 11.30am
—Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) November 23, 2022
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