Supreme court rules against Scottish parliament holding new independence referendum

Nicola Sturgeon says ‘Scottish democracy will not be denied’ after court blocks route to referendum

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The Scottish parliament cannot hold a second independence referendum without Westminster approval, the UK supreme court has ruled, in a unanimous judgment likely to anger Scottish nationalists who say the country’s future is for Scottish voters to decide.

The first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said immediately after the ruling: “Scottish democracy will not be denied.”

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