Sturgeon warned Boris may not see referendum as legitimate even after Court ruling

All sides must agree for Scottish Referendum to happen says expert

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Professor Nicola McEwan, a senior fellow at think tank UK in a changing Europe, argued that there were many challenges along the road towards Scottish independence. During an interview with, Professor McEwan highlighted that even if Nicola Sturgeon brings the issue to the Supreme Court, it may still not be respected by Westminster and Boris Johnson. She concluded that both sides of the argument need to agree that any Scottish independence vote is legitimate.

She added there would also need to be a clear understanding of what the process of independence would be, in the event Scotland voted to break away from the UK.

Professor McEwan said: “I prefer to think about this in terms of challenges.

“In terms of process, it is very difficult to see how a process will work without consent.

“We know, for example, that the Scottish Government plans to introduce referendum legislation.

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“There is a pro-referendum majority in the Scottish Parliament for that legislation to pass on an independence referendum.

“Then I would expect UK law officers will take up their opportunity that the powers of devolution settlement give them to test whether that legislation is within the competence of the Scottish Parliament, in other words, does the Scottish Parliament have the powers, under devolution, to pass legislation on an independence referendum.

“So it could be that this ends up in the Supreme Court and what happens after that, who knows.”

Professor McEwen then highlighted some of the difficulties the SNP may face from Westminster if they went down this route.

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She said: “The bigger challenge is that even if the Supreme Court were to find that the legislation was within the powers of the Scottish Parliament, that in itself doesn’t guarantee that you have a process that is seen as legitimate by all sides.

“You need acceptance from those that support independence and those that oppose it that this is an issue that should be put to the Scottish people.

“You also need all sides to respect the result whatever that happens to be.

“We don’t have that yet, we may not have that but that is one of the biggest challenges facing the Scottish Government.

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“The challenge of creating a referendum that is agreed by all sides.”

Ms Sturgeon and the SNP have endured wavering support for a referendum on independence.

According to a poll by Redfield and Wilton Strategies a majoritY of Scots would not back an independence referendum until the UK Government approves the request.

Of the 1,000 people asked by Redfield and Wilton Strategies, 43 percent agreed a referendum vote should only be held if the Government approves it.

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