Scottish government loses legal challenge for independence vote - BBC News

The Scottish government cannot hold an independence referendum without the UK government’s consent, the Supreme Court has ruled.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wants to hold a referendum on 19 October next year, but the court ruled unanimously that she does not have the power to do so because the issue is reserved to Westminster.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wants to hold a referendum on 19 October next year, but the court ruled unanimously that she does not have the power to do so without the consent of the UK government in Westminster, which they have so far refused to grant.

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