The semi-autonomous government of Scotland cannot hold a vote on independence from Britain without the consent of the government in London, the UK Supreme Court decided on Wednesday.
The top court’s President Lord Reed said its five judges had unanimously ruled that the Scottish parliament “does not have the power to legislate for a referendum on Scottish independence.”
The justices agreed with a UK government lawyer, who argued that the power to hold a referendum rests with the British Parliament in London because the issue is “of critical importance to the UK as a whole,” not only Scotland.
Things were moving fast and prospect of UK break up was more of reality than previously thought which is why UK government used law (supreme Court) to buy time and convince people of Scotland that UK government can deliver and work things out.
The writing was on the wall after the death of queen Elizabeth II, who was of Scottish descent that it would be very difficult for UK government to convince Scotland to remain in the union.
UK government is buying time with the hope that things will turn for the better in future because there is nothing to prove that brexit was good for UK and has become one of the main reasons why Scotland wants Independence.
UK government may have succeeded now in stopping referendum or Independence vote from happening but this is just a temporary fix as more people will start depending Independence which may end in political violence in future.