Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon continues to press for Indyref2. Boris Johnson, the Tory contenders to succeed him, and the Labour opposition rule it out, either for some unspecified period or for the next decade. It suits the SNP to offer the template of the 2014 referendum as a given and to present the impasse as being one of timing. That approach should be challenged.

Neither international law nor domestic law gives Scotland a legal right to leave the UK. The only route to independence lies via cooperation with the UK Government and legislation by the Westminster Parliament.

There is no compelling reason why the UK Government and the main UK-wide opposition parties should recognise an Indyref1-style, one-off referendum as opening the route to independence.

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