Scotland’s First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party, Nicola Sturgeon, (Photo: ROBERT PERRY/AFP/Getty Images). (CNN) Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Tuesday that “now is the time” to hold a second referendum on independence from the United Kingdom, announcing the proposed date for the vote. The vote, proposed for October 19, 2023, would ask voters whether Scotland should be an independent country or not. In that framework, Sturgeon said Tuesday that Scotland has asked the UK High Court to rule on whether the Scottish government can legally hold a non-binding vote on independence, without the UK government’s permission. In her speech in the Scottish Parliament, Sturgeon stressed that the legality of any possible referendum was “of the utmost importance” to her. The first minister said Dorothy Bain, a senior Scottish law official, had written to the High Court in London asking it to make a decision. It remains disputed whether the Scottish government has the legal competence to hold an independence referendum without a Section 30 order from the British government. Sturgeon added that her party, the Scottish National Party (SNP), would only campaign and stand on the issue of independence in the next UK general election if the court decided not to grant the Scottish government the right to hold a News in development.
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