SCOTLAND'S representative in the UK Government has responded as the Supreme Court ruled that indyref2 cannot be held without permission from Westminster.

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said UK ministers “note and respect the unanimous ruling from the Supreme Court today”.

The Conservative MP said: “People in Scotland want both their governments to be concentrating all attention and resources on the issues that matter most to them.

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“That’s why we are focused on issues like restoring economic stability, getting people the help they need with their energy bills and supporting our NHS.

“Today alone, 11.6 million UK pensioners – around one million in Scotland – are starting to receive up to £600 to help with their energy bills this winter.

“As the Prime Minister has made clear, we will continue to work constructively with the Scottish Government in tackling all the challenges we share and face.”

Meanwhile, Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross said the Supreme Court had delivered a “clear and unequivocal verdict”, and the SNP government must respect it.

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“The Scottish people have made it clear in poll after poll that they don’t want another referendum next year,” he said.

“The country faces enormous challenges right now. Our economy and our NHS are in crisis.

“We have a wave of public-sector strikes – including the first teachers’ strike in almost four decades. These key issues must be everyone’s top priority.

“Holding another divisive referendum next year is the wrong priority at the worst possible time for Scotland.”