The United Kingdom’s Supreme Court is due to rule on the validity of a new referendum in Scotland on Wednesday, 8 years after the victory of No.
Britain’s Supreme Court will decide on Wednesday whether Scotland has the power to hold another independence referendum without the support of the British Parliament. Scottish voters voted overwhelmingly against independence in 2014.
But in the eyes of the separatists, the divorce between Britain and the EU justifies holding a second vote, while a majority of Scots opposed Brexit.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who leads the Scottish National Party (SNP, independence), announced earlier this year that she intended to hold this referendum on 19 October 2023 and wanted it to be legal and internationally recognised.
The British government has indicated that it will not allow another referendum to be held, arguing that such a vote can only happen once in a generation.
Under the Scotland Act of 1998, which created the Scottish Parliament and withdrew certain powers from the prerogatives of Westminster, all matters relating to the Union of the Kingdoms of Scotland and England are the sole responsibility of the British Parliament.