From SNP Media in the last few minutes, Joanna Cherry:
“The British Government wants the Supreme Court to throw the case out without even hearing the substantive arguments. Their written argument exposes the fact they no longer believe the UK is a voluntary union of nations, instead, they want to impose Westminster control by denying democracy and dismissing the democratic right of the people of Scotland to determine our own future.
“Scotland voted to hold an independence referendum, and the Scottish Government has a mandate to deliver that manifesto commitment – with the backing of the Scottish Parliament. A clear precedent was set by the negotiations leading to the 2014 referendum, when there is a majority in the Scottish parliament to hold an independence referendum the two governments should come together and negotiate the details.
“The Tory government is desperate to prevent a referendum because it fears the result and has run out of any positive arguments for Westminster control. By arrogantly dismissing Scotland’s democratic decisions, Westminster is making the case for independence stronger.”