The Scottish Government's case was dismantled by the Supreme Court, which ruled that the law does not allow the nationalist-led Scottish government to initiate a second independence referendum.
Why it matters
The ruling is significant as it enhances the powers of the Supreme Court and makes it clear that it will not confine itself to a mere legalistic approach on matters of how the country is governed. The ruling is also a blow to the Scottish National Party's hopes of holding a second independence referendum.
What the papers say
The Scotsman and Byline Times both report on the Supreme Court's ruling, with The Scotsman quoting Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael and Byline Times highlighting the Supreme Court's enhanced powers. The Guardian also reports on the ruling, noting that the judges put caution aside in this politically explosive case.
How we got here
The Scottish Government had hoped to legislate for a consultative referendum on whether to declare independence from England. However, the Supreme Court's ruling has put an end to those hopes, and is likely to cause headaches for both the SNP and the Conservatives in the years to come.
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