The British authorities — underneath prime minsters Boris Johnson, Liz Truss and now Rishi Sunak — has been against a second referendum.
Scotland’s chief seeks new independence vote in October 2023
The authorities did permit a referendum in 2014, through which a majority of Scots voted to stay within the United Kingdom, by 55 p.c to 45 p.c.
The independence query was difficult two years later within the June 2016 vote over Brexit — through which the Scots strongly backed remaining within the European Union, by 62 p.c to 38 p.c.
Johnson argued that the 2014 referendum was “a once in a generation” vote and that the difficulty was settled.
Speaking within the House of Commons on Wednesday, Sunak known as the courtroom ruling “clear and definitive,” and mentioned the Scottish management ought to pivot to more-pressing challenges, equivalent to fixing the National Health Service and serving to the financial system.
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon had been pushing for a referendum in October subsequent 12 months. Sturgeon leads the Scottish National Party, the nation’s largest vote-getter, which seeks independence, and she or he says there may be an “undisputed mandate” to have one other vote.
Her authorities has specified by reviews the explanations it believes Scotland ought to now be — greater than ever — separate from the United Kingdom. Among them? So Scotland might rejoin the European Union.
After the ruling, Sturgeon issued a statement saying she revered the Supreme Court, however including: It “doesn’t make law, only interprets it.”
In a tweet, Sturgeon mentioned that “a law that doesn’t allow Scotland to choose our own future without Westminster consent exposes as myth any notion of the UK as a voluntary partnership & makes case for Indy,” the shorthand for a second referendum.
“Scottish democracy will not be denied,” she mentioned. “Today’s ruling blocks one route to Scotland’s voice being heard on independence — but in a democracy our voice cannot and will not be silenced.”
At a information convention, Sturgeon mentioned that the subsequent normal election, scheduled to be held no later than January 2025, ought to function a “de facto referendum” on independence. Exactly how that might work stays unclear.