Nicola Sturgeon calls on UK Government to 'respect democracy' and open talks on IndyRef2

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Nicola Sturgeon has challenged the UK Government to statesman talks implicit however Scotland tin unafraid different referendum connected independency pursuing this week's Supreme Court ruling.

The First Minister said it remained "open" to Westminster to "respect democracy" and scope an statement with the Scottish Government connected the mode forward.

Speaking astatine Holyrood today, the SNP person told MSPs the judges' verdict disproved immoderate conception of the UK being a "voluntary concern of nations".

And she accused Unionist politicians of wanting "to soundlessness Scotland's dependable due to the fact that they are frightened of what Scotland mightiness say".

It comes aft the Supreme Court ruled connected Wednesday that the Scottish Parliament does not person the power to telephone a referendum connected independency without the anterior support of Westminster.

The determination enactment an extremity to Sturgeon's program to telephone an IndyRef2 adjacent twelvemonth and raises questions connected however the law enactment betwixt Holyrood and Westminster tin beryllium resolved.

The First Minister said: "While of people disappointed by it, I respect and judge the Supreme Court's judgement connected the Lord Advocate's reference, regarding the Scottish Government's powers to legislate for an independency referendum.

"However, the denial of ideology by Westminster parties demonstrates present beyond immoderate uncertainty that the conception of the UK arsenic a voluntary concern of nations is not, if it ever was, a reality.

"It remains open, of course, to the UK Government to respect ideology and to scope an statement with the Scottish Government for a lawful, constitutional, antiauthoritarian referendum.

The First Minister said the tribunal verdict had ended the thought the UK was a voluntary national of nations

The First Minister said the tribunal verdict had ended the thought the UK was a voluntary national of nations

"However, careless of attempts by Westminster to artifact democracy, I volition ever enactment to guarantee that Scotland's dependable is heard - and that the aboriginal of Scotland is ever successful Scotland's hands."

SNP MSP Stephanie Callaghan asked the First Minister wherefore the UK Government was "continuing to shy away" from opening talks with Holyrood implicit a referendum.

Sturgeon replied: "Unionist Westminster politicians privation to soundlessness Scotland's dependable due to the fact that they are frightened of what Scotland mightiness accidental - it's rather simple.

"Any person who was assured of their lawsuit - and assured of being capable to transportation others of their lawsuit - would not beryllium trying to artifact democracy, they would beryllium embracing democracy.

"So I deliberation we cognize everything we request to cognize astir the views of Westminster Unionist parties by their determination to artifact Scotland's democracy, but it volition not prevail.

"I deliberation Unionist politicians with the powerfulness of autarkic reasoning astir apt recognize that yesterday's judgement raises profoundly questions astir the ground and the aboriginal of the United Kingdom.

"Any concern successful which 1 spouse needs the consent of different to take its ain aboriginal is not voluntary - it's not adjacent a partnership."

The Record has asked the UK Government for comment.

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