The UK Supreme Court has ruled that the Scottish government cannot hold an independence referendum without UK government’s consent.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had said she wanted a vote to take place on 19 October 2023.
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.
Yes, in September 2014, when Scottish voters were given the choice of staying in the UK or becoming an independent country.
They backed staying the UK by 55% to 45%.
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