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Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to find another way “for the Scottish people to express their will” after judges ruled that another independence referendum could not be held without the support of Westminster.

After Judgement This morning, Scotland’s first minister said she would continue to push for independence, declaring: “We must and we will find another democratic, legal and constitutional means by which the people of Scotland can. expressed his will. In my view, it can only be an election.”

Speaking in Edinburgh, she said: “As long as there is breath in my body, I will not give up on the fundamentals of democracy.”

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She continued: “It is no longer a matter of whether Scotland will become independent, although that decision is crucial. Now the issue is more fundamental.

“The question now is whether we have a fundamental democratic right to choose our own future.

“Indeed, as of today, the independence movement is about democracy as much as it is about independence.”

Ms Sturgeon said the next general election, which must take place before January 2025, will be a referendum on de facto independence.

“A party can, really should, be clear about the purpose for which it is seeking popular support.

“In this case it would be for the SNP to establish – like in a referendum – a pro-independence majority in Scotland so we can get it.”

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Supreme Court issues ruling on indyref2

‘The people will decide’

Ms Sturgeon said the SNP would “launch and mobilize a major campaign to defend Scotland’s democracy” and that if Scots repeatedly expressed their desire for independence it would eventually have to be accepted.

The Supreme Court justices unanimously ruled that the Scottish government would need Westminster’s approval for a second independence referendum.

Announcing the ruling, Lord Reed, the court’s president, said the law for a second vote would involve “reserved matters”, leaving it outside Holyrood’s jurisdiction.

Miss Sturgeon had propose a second referendum – nicknamed Indyref2 – on October 19, 2023.

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Scotland held a referendum on independence in 2014 and just over 55% voted to remain in the UK.

The pro-independence SNP, which has led the country since 2007, believes it is their duty to hold another vote because of their continued success in elections and because circumstances have changed since Brexit. .

Speaking at the Prime Minister’s Questions, SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford asked: “What right does a man without duty have to deny Scotland’s democracy?”

Other SNP MPs expressed their displeasure at the decision on social media.

Dave Doogan wrote: “The people will decide and Scotland will become independent.

Douglas Ross, leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, said the SNP must now “get back to work, drop the obsession with referendums and focus on what really matters to the Scottish people”.

Scottish Labor leader Anas Sawar added: “We must now focus on the issues facing our country, from rising bills to the crisis in our NHS.”

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