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'Democracy won't be denied!' Sturgeon vows fresh action to destroy UK after IndyRef2 blow

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Nicola Sturgeon is refusing to give up on her Scottish independence dream after the UK’s highest court denied her latest bid to force a second referendum. The Supreme Court today ruled that the Scottish Parliament cannot legislate for a second vote without Rishi Sunak’s consent.

The Scottish First Minister took to Twitter following the ruling to warn that democracy “will not be denied”.

Ms Sturgeon admitted that the ruling “blocks one route” to a fresh vote on independence, but added that calls “will not be silenced”.

The SNP leader said: “While disappointed by it I respect ruling of the UK Supreme Court – it doesn’t make law, only interprets it.

“A law that doesn’t allow Scotland to choose our own future without Westminster consent exposes as myth any notion of the UK as a voluntary partnership and makes case for Indy.

“Scottish democracy will not be denied.

“Today’s ruling blocks one route to Scotland’s voice being heard on independence – but in a democracy our voice cannot and will not be silenced.

“I’ll make a full statement later this morning – tune in around 11.30am.”

The case was brought to the court after Ms Sturgeon set out plans to hold a second vote on independence on October 19 2023.

But Supreme Court president Lord Reed said on Wednesday: “The Scottish parliament does not have the power to legislate for a referendum on Scottish independence.”

It means the Scottish Government’s top law officer, the Lord Advocate, will not be able to clear the Bill for passage through the Scottish Parliament.

Dorothy Bain KC had referred the Scottish Independence Referendum Bill to the court, seeking its decision on whether Holyrood had the competence to pass the legislation.

The UK Government, which is opposed to a second vote on independence, said it is “obvious” that the Bill relates a matter reserved to Westminster.

Its legal representative, Sir James Eadie KC, also argued that the Bill was at too early a stage for the court to issue a ruling on.

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