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Nicola Sturgeon insists 'Scottish democracy won't become a prisoner of Westminster' following Supreme Court verdict

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Nicola Sturgeon has declared she will not "allow Scottish democracy to be a prisoner of Westminster" after the Supreme Court struck down her referendum plan.A panel of five judges in London unanimously ruled yesterday the Scottish Parliament does not have the power to organise an IndyRef2 without the prior agreement of the UK Government.It means the SNP leader cannot proceed with her plan to hold a second national vote on independence on October 19 next year.

The First Minister said she would now proceed with her Plan B of using the next UK general election as a "de facto" referendum.Speaking at a press conference in Edinburgh after the Supreme Court judgement, Sturgeon said her "preferred option" remained the Scottish and UK Governments reaching an agreement over how an IndyRef2 could take place.She added: "What I'm not prepared to do is to allow Scottish democracy to be a prisoner of Westminster, which effectively means Scottish democracy doesn't exist. "Therefore, I'm going to seek to find a way in which the people of Scotland can express their views, whatever that view turns out to be.

I will argue the case for that view to be in favour of independence. "If we win, then Scotland becomes independent. But if we don't, we don’t, and that is just the basic fact that the independence movement has to - and does - understand.

That it is our duty to make and win the case for independence."Sturgeon also vowed to continue pushing for independence. "As long as there is breath in my body, I refuse to give up on the basic principle of democracy," she added."No party can dictate the basis on which people cast their votes.

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