The Scottish Conservatives have today welcomed the Supreme Court’s unanimous verdict that the Scottish Government does not have the legal authority to hold an independence referendum.
Party leader Douglas Ross said the clear and unequivocal verdict – delivered by Scotland’s most senior judge, Lord Reed – must now be respected by Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP Government.
He called on Nicola Sturgeon to finally drop her divisive plans for another vote on the constitution and instead focus all her attention on the real priorities of the Scottish people – the global cost-of-living crisis, Scotland’s ailing NHS and a series of public-sector strikes.
He added that enough time and money had already been wasted on the SNP’s “referendum obsession”.
Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said:
“I welcome the Supreme Court’s unanimous judgment that the constitution is a matter reserved to the UK Parliament, and that Nicola Sturgeon’s referendum bill would not be legal.
“This was a clear and unequivocal verdict delivered by the highest court in the country – and the SNP Government and their supporters must respect it.
“Nicola Sturgeon insisted on taking this case to the Supreme Court at the cost of hundreds of thousands of pounds to the Scottish taxpayer – and this ruling confirms that it was a waste of time and money.
“The Scottish people have made it clear in poll after poll that they don’t want another referendum next year.
“The country faces enormous challenges right now.
“Our economy and our NHS are in crisis.
“We have a wave of public-sector strikes – including the first teachers’ strike in almost four decades.
“These key issues must be everyone’s top priority.
“Holding another divisive referendum next year is the wrong priority at the worst possible time for Scotland.
“Following this judgment, the SNP must now get back to work, drop their referendum obsession and focus on what really matters to the people of Scotland.”