UK’s Supreme Court agrees to debate the Scotland referendum

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The court will hear on October 11 and 12 the arguments that the regional Executive has presented, through its attorney general, Dorothy Bain, to establish the legality of a consultation on the split without going through the approval of the central government.

The chief minister and leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon, recently asked the British Government to negotiate the terms of the so-called Order 30 of the Scotland Act (1998), which temporarily transfers the power to hold a referendum from the Parliament of Westminster to of Holyrood (Scotland).

However, acting Prime Minister Boris Johnson has already let Sturgeon know that now is not the time for a consultation. The chief minister has already unveiled an ambitious plan to hold a new independence referendum and proposed a date of October 19, 2023 for that referendum.

In the first referendum that took place in September 2014, the Scots rejected the separation of Scotland from the rest of the United Kingdom, but Sturgeon now argues that there are reasons for another referendum after Scotland voted against Brexit in 2016 and because its formation It was the most voted in the Edinburgh legislative elections held in May last year.

Under Sturgeon’s plan, ways such as judicial and electoral are being studied to force the referendum, if London does not agree to negotiate Order 30 of the Scotland Act (1998, with which Scottish autonomy was materialized during the Government of Tony Blair ).

Should the High Court rule that Holyrood has no right to legislate to call another referendum, then Sturgeon will exclusively focus the campaign for the next British general election (2024) on a “de facto referendum”.

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According to Sturgeon, the question in the eventual referendum would be; “Should Scotland be an independent country?”, the same as in the 2014 consultation, in which 55% of voters supported staying in the UK and 45% voted for a split.

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