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'Dead and buried!' Ian Blackford rages at Sunak after indyRef2 blocked by Supreme Court

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Ian Blackford has raged at Rishi Sunak after Nicola Sturgeon lost her latest bid for Scottish independence. The SNP Westminster leader hit out during Prime Minister’s Questions just hours after the UK Supreme Court ruled the Scottish Parliament does not have the power to legislate for a second referendum.

Mr Blackford fumed that the ruling shows the “very idea that the UK is a voluntary union of nations is now dead and buried”.

He said: “This morning the Supreme Court clarified a point of law but the very point of democracy in this union is now at stake.

“And democracy will not be denied because whether Westminster likes it or not last year the people of Scotland voted for a Scottish Parliament with a majority and the mandate to deliver an independence referendum.

“The Prime Minister has every right to oppose independence, he has no right to deny democracy to the people of Scotland.

“If the Prime Minister keeps blocking that referendum will he at least be honest and confirm that the very idea that the UK is a voluntary union of nations is now dead and buried.”

Mr Sunak replied: “We respect the clear and definitive ruling of the Supreme Court of the UK.

“I think the people of Scotland want us to be working on fixing the major challenges we collectively face whether that’s the economy, supporting the NHS or indeed supporting Ukraine.

“Now is the time for politicians to work together and that’s what this Government will do.”

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