“The law that does not allow Scotland to choose our future without the consent of Westminster debunks the myth of any idea of the United Kingdom as a voluntary partnership and makes a case for independence.” This was the reaction of the Scottish Prime Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, to the unanimous decision of the British Supreme Court, which denied the Scottish Parliament this Wednesday a new referendum on independence.
Sturgeon, who has planned a new vote in October 2023, said he respects the court’s decision, noting, however, that it “doesn’t create the law, it just interprets it.” “Since today [ontem]The independence movement is as much about democracy as it is about independence.”
The Scottish National Party (SNP) is set to launch a “major campaign in defense of Scottish democracy”, said Sturgeon, who has called for the next UK parliamentary election to be a referendum on independence. The next ballot must be taken by January 2025.
Downing Street welcomed the High Court’s “clear and final decision”. “The people of Scotland want us to work together to collectively solve the biggest challenges we face, whether that’s the economy, supporting the National Health Service or actually supporting Ukraine,” Sunak was quoted by the Guardian as saying.
Scotland held an independence referendum in 2014, before Britain left the European Union. No won with 55.30% of the vote.
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