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Scotland's Sturgeon challenges UK: only court can stop a referendum - Sky

Reuters logo Reuters 04/05/2021
Angus Robertson, Nicola Sturgeon standing in front of a bus: Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader Sturgeon campaigns for 2021 Scottish parliament election in Edinburgh © Reuters/POOL Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader Sturgeon campaigns for 2021 Scottish parliament election in Edinburgh

LONDON (Reuters) - Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon challenged British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to oppose plans for another independence referendum in court, saying that only the courts could prevent another such vote.

Angus Robertson, Nicola Sturgeon are posing for a picture: Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader Sturgeon campaigns for 2021 Scottish parliament election in Edinburgh © Reuters/POOL Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader Sturgeon campaigns for 2021 Scottish parliament election in Edinburgh

"I'm saying if Boris Johnson wants to stop it, he would have to take legal action," Sturgeon told Sky.

Nicola Sturgeon wearing a shirt and tie: Scotland's First Minister Sturgeon campaigns in Glasgow © Reuters/ANDY BUCHANAN Scotland's First Minister Sturgeon campaigns in Glasgow

"If Boris Johnson didn't do that, by definition it would be a legal referendum. If he did do that, the courts would decide," Sturgeon said.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Kate Holton)

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