The court confirmed it did not have power over areas of the constitution

The Supreme Court has unanimously rejected a bid by the Scottish government to hold an independence vote without the approval of the UK parliament.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon hopes to hold a referendum on 19 October 2023. However, the UK government has refused to grant its consent to another vote on the issue. Sturgeon and her government had appealed to the Supreme Court to enable them to hold a referendum without the UK government’s consent.

Lord Reed, president of the UK Supreme Court, said it did not have power over areas of the constitution including the union between Scotland and England, and that such issues are reserved to UK parliament. If the two governments cannot agree on the issue, the Scottish parliamen...

Suzanne Townley
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