IndyRef2: Second Scottish independence referendum needs Westminster’s approval, Supreme Court rules
The highest justices in the UK unanimously decided against Nicola Sturgeon’s plan to ask for a new vote next year.
According to the Supreme Court, the Scottish Parliament lacks the authority to hold a second independence vote in the nation.
Despite the SNP’s requests for a new vote, the top justices of the UK ruled unanimously that the country’s government would need the consent of the government in Westminster before proceeding.
A second referendum, dubbed IndyRef2, was suggested by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon for October 19, 2023.
However, she had also stated that if the court rejected her plan, she would hold an informal referendum during the following general election.
Over 55% of voters in Scotland’s 2014 referendum on independence chose to stay a part of the UK.
The majority of Scottish Parliament members support independence, and the situation has changed since Brexit, according to the pro-independence SNP, which has been in power since 2007. However, the SNP feels it has a mandate to organize a new vote.