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Supreme Court tells Scottish Government it does not have legal right to hold a second independence referendum

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The UK Supreme Court has ruled against a second independence referendum without Westminster approval.First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had hoped a referendum could be held on October 19 next year.However, the UK’s highest court delivered its verdict on whether or not it would be lawful for the Scottish Parliament to legislate on a second independence referendum.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

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The Supreme Court decided it could rule on the matter as it was in the public interest to decide. The UK government has refused to give formal consent for the vote to go ahead, therefore the Supreme Court was asked to decide on whether or not Scotland could hold the referendum without Westminster’s consent.

The Lord Advocate, who is the senior law officer in Scotland, asked the court to rule on whether the proposed bill for a second referendum would relate to reserved matters, and the court ruled that Holyrood cannot legislate for a referendum without Westminster’s agreement.

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