Sturgeon says UK court ruling on referendum only makes case for Scottish independence

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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Wednesday the case for Scottish independence was only strengthened by a UK Supreme Court ruling which effectively blocks a second independence referendum unless it is allowed by Britain.

Sturgeon wrote on Twitter she was disappointed by the ruling but that she would respect it.

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“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 & makes case for Indy,” she said.

“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.”

Sturgeon, who leads the pro-independence Scottish National Party, said she would make a full statement around 1130 GMT on Wednesday.

In its ruling, the United Kingdom’s top court said the Scottish government cannot hold a second referendum on independence next year without approval from the British parliament.

Scottish nationalists had hoped to hold a referendum next year.

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