Sturgeon's SNP says court ruling against IndyRef2 will BOOST support

Now Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP depute claims Supreme Court ruling that blocks a new independence referendum will INCREASE support for Scotland to leave the UK

  • First Minister is under fire for pushing ahead with her independence campaign 
  • Supreme Court ruled she must get Westminster’s approval before any new vote
  • Depute Keith Brown has said ruling ‘shattered notion of UK as a voluntary union’

Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP depute has claimed that a Supreme Court ruling that a new independence referendum could not legally be held next year will increase support for leaving the UK.

The Scottish First Minister has come under fire for pushing ahead with her independence campaign in the wake of this week’s Supreme Court ruling she must get Westminster’s approval before holding an independence vote. 

The party had hoped to hold a vote on the constitutional issue in October 2023, however the court’s judgment that the Scottish Parliament needs Westminster approval for a legal referendum has put the brakes on the date.

Now her No2 Keith Brown has said the ruling ‘shattered forever the notion of the UK as a voluntary union of nations’, as he sent a warning to opposition politicians.

Mr Brown said: ‘It also laid bare the duplicity of the Westminster parties who are flagrantly breaching their own pledges to the people to respect Scottish democracy.

‘But if those same parties think that this week has ended the debate on Scotland’s future, they couldn’t be more mistaken.

‘It is a movement which will hit new heights by galvanising public opinion in every city, town, village and community the length and breadth of the country.

The Scottish First Minister has come under fire for pushing ahead with her independence campaign in the wake of this week’s Supreme Court ruling she must get Westminster’s approval before holding an independence vote.

Now her No2 Keith Brown has said the ruling ‘shattered forever the notion of the UK as a voluntary union of nations’, as he sent a warning to opposition politicians

‘The Tories, Labour and the Lib Dems are breaking the promise they signed in 2014 in which they said it was for the Scottish people to decide how Scotland should be governed.

‘It is for those parties to justify to the people why they now believe they can so arrogantly renege on those pledges.

‘They should stop running scared of democracy and of a referendum they so clearly fear they would lose.

‘The SNP will never give up on democracy and we are more determined than ever that democracy must and will prevail.’

Last week the Supreme Court but the brakes on the independence drive. Scotland’s top law officer, the Lord Advocate, had asked the UK’s highest court to rule on whether Holyrood could legislate to trigger an independence referendum.

In 2014 the UK government granted a so-called ‘Section 30’ power to give the ballot legal force, but ministers have refused to authorise a re-run.

The judges rejected the Scottish government’s argument that a referendum would only be ‘advisory’ rather than automatically breaking up the Union.

And they concluded that issues of UK sovereignty were clearly ‘reserved’ to Westminster.

That being the case, the court held that Holyrood cannot pass a law to hold a referendum unless it has approval from the UK Parliament.

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