FILE PHOTO: Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks at a news conference on a proposed second referendum on Scottish independence, at Bute House in Edinburgh, Scotland, June 14, 2022. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne/Pool/File Photo

The Scottish government is having the UK Supreme Court review its plans for a new independence referendum. The chief legal officer of the regional government, Dorothy Bain, submitted a corresponding application to the Supreme Court in London.

Bain also presented the corresponding draft law on Tuesday. It remains to be clarified whether the Scottish regional parliament can call a referendum.

“The Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament and the peoples of Scotland and the UK should have clarity as to the scope of the relevant reservations on this issue of fundamental constitutional importance,” Bain wrote. Only the Supreme Court can offer this clarity.

Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon had announced the vote for October 19, 2023. However, according to constitutional experts, the British central government in London must approve the plan.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly made it clear that he opposes the project. In a first referendum in 2014, a majority of Scots (55 percent) voted to remain in the UK. However, that was before Brexit, which the northernmost part of Britain rejected with a clear majority (62 percent).

The supporters of independence therefore hope that the situation will change if there is another vote.