Sun. Aug 14th, 2022

Nicola Sturgeon’s most senior legal adviser refused to authorize her government proposals to hold a second independence referendum.

Last week the first minister revealed she would seek Supreme Court approval for her plan to put the issue of Scotland’s constitutional future to the people on October 19, 2023.

Dorothy Bain, the lord advocate, has now revealed her doubts over the plan in a reference to the Supreme Court, which will ultimately rule on whether Holyrood can pave the way for a vote without the UK government agreement.

Nicola Sturgeon wants to hold a second independence referendum in October next year

Nicola Sturgeon wants to hold a second independence referendum in October next year

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“The lord advocate needs to have the necessary degree of confidence that a bill would be within devolved competence in order to ‘clear’ such a statement,” Bain said in her submission. “In the present case, the lord advocate

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