UK awaits Supreme Court ruling on new Scottish independence referendum – Live

this is from Angus Robertson, Cabinet Secretary to the Scottish Government for the Constitution. He is making the point that, even though the Supreme Court says the Scottish government does not have the legal right to hold another independence referendum, it should have the democratic right to call such a vote.

Good Morning. We will soon find out whether the Supreme Court is going to rule that the Scottish Government has the power to hold a second independence referendum. The first, in 2014, resulted in Scots voting to remain in the UK by 55% to 45%, which was much closer than many had predicted in the months and years before the vote. It was the closest Britain had come to breaking up since Ireland left 100 years earlier. understand there’s a lot of interest in Scotland Retry will be allowed.

as SNP MP Angus McNeil Let’s say, there are three possible outcomes today.

big day
Three broad consequences.

1) Yes, the Scotland Act of 1998 enables an independence referendum – then move to 19 October 2023.

2) No referendum under the 1998 Act from Holyrood – use elections

3) Make more laws away and maybe take them back to the Supreme Court to be struck down again.

– Angus B McNeil MP🇺🇦 (@AngusMacNeilSNP) November 23, 2022

according to bbc Nick EardleyThe Scottish government privately thinks it has only a 20% chance of winning.

But it sounds optimistic, for at least two reasons. First, in order to win, the Scottish government would have to clear two legal hurdles. The UK government argued that the Supreme Court should not even hear the case because the Scottish Parliament had not actually passed its referendum bill yet. The Scottish Government would have to persuade the Supreme Court that the issue is justiciable in the first place, before it would also be persuaded that Scotland has a right to hold a referendum.

Second, when the UK Parliament passed the Scotland Act, the UK government was very clear that the legislation was not intended to give control over constitutional matters to the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish government is trying to get round this by arguing that A referendum would only be “advised”. (Because separate legislation would have to be made to enact the independence). This can be confusing to those who have heard nationalists argue for years that a referendum would settle the matter, and it is not an argument that the Supreme Court justices made when they heard the case in October. So they looked compelling.

Lord Reid, President of the Supreme Court at the time, said it would take him “A few months” to make a decision. The fact that they are giving their decision six weeks later suggests that they have not found it difficult to take a side, and – again – could mean that they are in favor of the decision to repeal the UK constitution. Not ready to join.

Still, you never know.

here is my colleague libby brooks preview story.

And here is his question and answer on this matter.

Here’s the agenda for the day.

9.45 am: The Supreme Court delivers its verdict on whether the Scottish Government is entitled to hold an independence referendum.

9.45 am: Suella BravermanThe Home Secretary gives evidence to the Commons Home Affairs Committee.

12:00 PM: Rishi Sunak Mukh keir starmer In PMQ.

3 PM: jeremy huntThe Chancellor gives evidence about the Autumn Statement to the Commons Treasury Committee.

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