Britain’s Supreme Court ruled to deny Scotland the independence referendum

Chief Justice of the United Kingdom, Lord Reid
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Lord Reid, Chief Justice of Britain’s Supreme Court, reads the court’s ruling

Britain’s High Court ruled that the Scottish government had no right to hold a referendum on independence without the prior consent of the British government.

Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, wants a referendum on October 19 next year.

But the Supreme Court in Britain decided unanimously that Sturgeon does not have the right to do so, and that the right to make such a decision is reserved by the British Parliament. The British government refuses to grant official approval for another referendum in Scotland.

The chief justice, Lord Reid, said the laws on which the Scottish parliament was established in 1999 require him to be deprived of the power to make constitutional decisions, including the state of union between Scotland and England.

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