Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has today announced that Scotland will lodge an application to intervene in the UK Government’s appeal to the Supreme Court over who has the right to trigger Article 50.
The Lord Advocate, Scotland’s most senior law officer, will apply to be heard in the appeal case and will lodge the application as soon as the UK Government lodges its appeal against last week’s High Court ruling. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she believed Scotland should be treated as an “equal partner” in the United Kingdom.
The High Court ruled on 3 November that, according to fundamental principles of constitutional law, the UK Government does not have the power to trigger Article 50 without reference to Parliament, thereby preventing the Government from using Royal Prerogative to begin the process of the UK leaving the EU.
For further detail on the High Court’s ruling, see our previous blog post here.