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Scotland denied independence referendum by UK court

CA, 24 Nov 2022
The United Kingdom’s top court ruled on Wednesday that the Scottish government cannot hold a second referendum on independence without approval from the British parliament, dealing a hammer blow to nationalists’ hopes of holding a vote next year.

In 2014, Scots rejected ending the more than 300-year-old union with England by 55 to 45 per cent, but independence campaigners have argued the vote two years later for Britain to leave the European Union, which the majority of Scottish voters opposed, has materially changed the circumstances.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP), announced earlier this year that she intended to hold an advisory independence vote on Oct. 19, 2023, but that it had to be lawful and internationally recognized.

"No establishment will ever silence the voice of the Scottish people," Sturgeon said at a rally in Edinburgh on Wednesday. “Westminster establishment may think it can block a referendum but let me be clear, I’m sure on your behalf today no establishment, Westminster or otherwise will ever silence the voice of the Scottish people."

Scottish Independence supporters gathered outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh after the U.K.'s top court blocked a bid for a new independence vote.

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