Britain’s High Court ruled on Wednesday that the Scottish government has no authority to hold a new independence referendum without London’s consent.
Chief Justice Robert Reid said the judges unanimously concluded that a tale vote would have consequences for the unity of the United Kingdom and would therefore require the approval of the central authority in London.
As a result, the Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, expressed her “disappointment” at the ruling, but said she nonetheless respected the court’s decision.
“The law which does not allow Scotland to choose our future without the consent of the (UK Parliament) exposes the idea that the UK is a voluntary partnership,” the SNP leader wrote on Twitter.
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