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Scotland will apply to intervene against the UK government's Supreme Court appeal on Brexit

Wednesday, November 9th 2016 - 09:57 UTC
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“Let me be clear -- I recognize and respect the right of England and Wales to leave the EU. This is not an attempt to veto that process,” Sturgeon told reporters. “Let me be clear -- I recognize and respect the right of England and Wales to leave the EU. This is not an attempt to veto that process,” Sturgeon told reporters.
“But the democratic wishes of the people of Scotland and the national parliament of Scotland cannot be brushed aside as if they do not matter.” “But the democratic wishes of the people of Scotland and the national parliament of Scotland cannot be brushed aside as if they do not matter.”
Lord Advocate James Wolffe, Scotland's most senior law officer, will lodge a formal application to the Supreme Court to intervene. Lord Advocate James Wolffe, Scotland's most senior law officer, will lodge a formal application to the Supreme Court to intervene.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that her semi-autonomous government will apply to the UK Supreme Court to intervene against the UK Government case, in a bid to secure a vote not just for the House of Commons but for the Scottish parliament.

 Lord Advocate James Wolffe, Scotland's most senior law officer, will lodge a formal application to the Supreme Court to intervene.

“Let me be clear -- I recognize and respect the right of England and Wales to leave the European Union. This is not an attempt to veto that process,” Sturgeon told reporters.

“But the democratic wishes of the people of Scotland and the national parliament of Scotland cannot be brushed aside as if they do not matter.”

She added: “So legislation should be required at Westminster and the consent of the Scottish Parliament should be sought before Article 50 is triggered.”

While Britain as a whole voted to leave the EU, Scotland voted overwhelmingly for it to remain in the bloc.

Sturgeon's left-wing secessionist Scottish National Party has threatened a fresh vote on independence from the rest of the UK if Scotland cannot keep its ties with the EU.

The Supreme Court noted that length of next month's hearing “will depend on further submissions received from the parties on the precise legal arguments to be considered, the number of interveners and whether any other related cases are joined to this one”

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  • Pugol-H

    Not in the real world, not even close, if I were Scots this woman would seriously worry me.

    The fact that the rest of the EU has ruled out any such “separate arrangements” clearly not an obstacle then?

    This is very clearly an attempt to spanner the process, there is nothing else to be gained from it.

    In effect asking for the Scottish Parliament to have a veto is exactly what she is doing, no doubt to increase her leverage in this process from nothing to at least something.

    “The “Scottish people” in total represent less than 8% of the population of the UK, London is 13.4%.

    Sorry Nicola dear, but you have nothing like a majority in what is a UK, not a devolved matter. Any more than you have enough MPs in Parliament to form a Government.

    Time for indyref2, win that, then you can make whatever “separate arrangements” you like, with whomsoever you like.

    Meanwhile, the tail cannot wag the dog, Nicola.

    Nov 09th, 2016 - 05:25 pm +3
  • The Voice

    “I hope Scots get their second referendum”

    So do I ;-)

    Nov 09th, 2016 - 08:04 pm +2
  • gordo1

    This woman is an ego-maniac! Not many Scots really like her!

    Nov 09th, 2016 - 08:28 pm +1
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