No referendum for Scotland – level 3

01-12-2022 15:00

The UK’s top judges have ended Scotland’s attempt for a second independence referendum.

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a vote would need to be approved by the UK government, as in 2014 when Scotland held its previous referendum.

Nationalist leader Nicola Sturgeon said that the government denied her nation a democratic right after Scotland voted against Brexit and her Scottish National Party triumphed in subsequent elections. Sturgeon added that the court ruling showed that the UK wasn’t a voluntary partnership, and she vowed to get a legal referendum.

For Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, the decision was a relief, as he tries to restore investor confidence in the country. Like his predecessors, Sunak said that he wouldn’t give permission for another referendum on Scotland’s three-centuries-old union with England and Wales.

Difficult words: unanimously (agreed to by all), triumph (a great victory or achievement), predecessor (a person who held a job or office before the current holder).

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