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On Tuesday, the UK Supreme Court will start two days of hearings to decide if the Scottish government needs permission from the British government to pass laws that would let it hold a second independence referendum.
Scots voted 55%-45% to stay in the United Kingdom in a referendum in 2014, but nationalists claim that the 2016 Brexit vote changed everything. A second vote propose for next year by the Scottish government.
Since then, the gap has shrunk, and now Scots are split down the middle on the issue of independence. This is true even though the SNP has been able to elect pro-independence lawmakers to Westminster and Edinburgh over and over again in the past eight years.
Some Scots felt trapped by the Conservative government of the United Kingdom, so they pushed for independence.
Since then, Ms Sturgeon has been trying hard, but to no avail, to get the UK government to agree to another vote.
The majority of MSPs in the Scottish Parliament. Who want independence come from Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party and the Green Party.
What happens during a hearing before the Supreme Court?
During the next two days, five judges at the UK’s. Supreme Court in London will listen to arguments in this case. But a ruling is not expect for weeks if not months.
Since constitutional matters have not delegate to Edinburgh. The British government maintains that only Westminster may approve a fresh independence referendum.
But the Scottish government will say that the referendum is only advisory and won’t automatically lead to Scotland‘s independence because more talks and new laws need to be passed, just like what happened after the Brexit referendum in 2016.
The Scottish National Party will make a legal case for Scotland’s right to decide for itself.
Nicola Sturgeon has said that if her government loses the Supreme Court appeal. The next national election in the UK will be a de facto vote. The whether to end Scotland’s 300-year-old union with England.
She didn’t say how that would work in detail. Any vote held in the UK without the approval of the government would be invalid.