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Friday, September 22, 2023

No Referendum Under The Scotland Act Says Supreme Court 

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The Scottish Government cannot hold an independence referendum without UK Government’s consent, the Supreme Court has ruled. 

Speaking outside the Supreme Court in London after the judgement this morning, Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil said the way forward for Scotland is now clear and using elections is the only option. 

Mr MacNeil said:

“Plan A is dead, so Plan B is the only way forward. 

“The debate now hinges on which election and when.

“I have been at the Supreme Court this morning to hear the judgement that while a referendum wouldn’t end the UK legally, judges thought that in the politics of this situation that it likely would, and therefore they decided that the Scottish Government couldn’t hold a referendum on Scotland’s independence.  

“Scotland is effectively a hostage in the UK under that ruling.

“However, we can use elections and when the people speak at a ballot box, if they choose independence, this will be recognised internationally.  

“The only option going forward is to use elections and the debate is which election. 

“Personally, I favour calling a Holyrood election to move Scotland on, away from two years of Tory austerity and difficulty that is inevitably coming up.” 

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