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The First Minister says fundamental issues about Scotland's future have
been raised by the Supreme Court ruling, that Holyrood does not need
The court found that MPs should have a say
on triggering Article 50 - but ministers are not legally
compelled to seek approval from the devolved administrations.
In a moment we'll ask whether this takes us closer to a second
But first, our Westminster correspondent Nick Eardley has this
Time to find out who has the power to fire the starting gun on Brexit.
This morning, all eyes were on the Supreme Court as it delivered a
landmark ruling on the legal basis for triggering Article 50. By a
majority 8-3, the Supreme Court rules that the government cannot
trigger Article 50 without an act of Parliament authorising it to do so.
On the devolution issues, the court unanimously rules that UK ministers
are not legally compelled to consult the devolved legislatures before
triggering Article 50. This case was never Brexit whether that read about
whether Brexit happens, but how. The Prime Minister showed last week pass
towards the hardest of hard Brexit is. I do believe there is a majority
for that in the House of Commons, and certainly not across the
country. This is an opportunity for a House of Commons to assert itself
and have a say, but not just on the narrow question, but the board are
of negotiation as well. The Scottish parliament will still vote on
article 54 political pressure still matters. Legally, it will be in
Westminster that they all have joined a shredder and article -- on
Article 50. We will within days introduce legislation to give the
government legal power to trigger Article 50 and begin the formal
process of withdrawal. Other parties won't make that simple. The SNP
wants unanimous agreement from devolved governments. Without that,
it will vote against Article 50. Scotland's Labour MP says he's
prepared to vote against the government, too. The Labour leader
says his party will... Support Article 50 being triggered, we have
made that clear. That is a result of the referendum we have to respect
that. It doesn't mean we have deep debt and we abdicate the field, it
means we pressure on the long-term direction this country wants to go.
This implies that the process will be backed. With your depth possibly
voting against two, it means just perhaps one of Scotland's MPs will
vote for. I believe the people of Scotland want the two governments to
work together and get on with ensuring we can negotiate with a 27
other countries that best possible deal for leaving the EU. The UK
Government hopes it can get approval to start the process, and quickly.
The legal questions over Article 50 are over. It's back to politics. And
that politics continues this week. It is expected on Thursday that the
government will publish the legislation it hopes will allow it
to trigger Article 50. It then hopes that it can get that through the
House of Commons within a fortnight. As we have heard, there will be
amendments. The SNP alone say they could table up to 50, Labour and the
S agree the UK Government needs to provide more detail. Whatever
happens in the building behind me, the tensions between the Scottish
Government and UK Government -- and the SNP. Over Brexit show no signs
of abating. We are still at the start of the process of finding out
what the ramifications of a Brexit vote are. And what the future holds.
The First Minister has repeatedly warned that a second independence
Andrew Black has been trying to find out.
Just before the last Westminster election, Nicola Sturgeon revealed
what it might take to call a second independence referendum. I don't
know. Perhaps if the Tories wanted to drag is out of the European Union
against our will, for example. APPLAUSE
After most of Scotland voted to stay in the EU, she said this... I think
an independence referendum is now highly likely. She then said that
staying in the single market would remove the short-term prospect of a
second independence referendum. If we can find a way of protecting
Scotland's economic interest, protecting our democratic interest
within the UK, I'm up for trying to do that. And taking independence of
the table in the short-term? In a Brexit, that is what I have been
clearer about. When the PM it out, she hit back. Some regard make a
second referendum all but inevitable for independence? I think that is
very likely the case. Why likely and not definitely? The S never wanted
a referendum under the circumstances. -- the SNP. The rest
of the UK's outside Europe, you've got a single market, a European hard
boundary between England and Scotland, which we wouldn't have had
last time. So there was -- they wanted a referendum with both
countries inside the EU. The polls are showing support for independence
pretty much where it was in 2014. I have made it very clear that that
option is very much on the table, and as I have said before, I think
with every day that passes right now, it's becoming clear that
Scotland's voice cannot end is not able to be heard within the UK on
this question. Nicola Sturgeon says she will ever get what -- give up on
independence in the long term. The question of when we might get
another referendum remains unanswered.
Earlier our political editor Brian Taylor was at Holyrood,
and we asked Why doesn't Nicola Sturgeon call
Nicola Sturgeon doesn't want to hold a referendum, she wants to win one,
and these are not particularly good circumstances, nor the time of her
choosing. If she is to hold one, and I think she will, then there has to
be preparing the ground beforehand. I think she wants to several things.
First, she is genuinely seeking in discussions with the UK Government
to get concessions towards Scotland's interests as she sees
them. Second, she wants to prolong those discussions in order to enable
the late. Third, if there is to be a referendum, she was to be able to
say to British people, the Scottish people, I did everything in my power
to try and strike a deal within the UK, and it proved impossible. She
wants to set the grounding for that referendum if and when it occurs.
How to keep Scotland's lights on, as our energy demands increase.
Today the Scottish Government published its vision
for the transition away from oil and gas, towards an emphasis
on renewable sources - and its most ambitious target yet.
But a return to coal could be on the cards.
Our environment correspondent Keven Keane reports.
It was the end of an era as Scotland's last
coal-fired power station was finally shut down.
But now this and other locations could be reborn from the
ashes as ministers propose repowering some infrastructure.
This site is due for demolition, but is the location which is of value,
right in the middle of a power line network.
If carbon capture can be revived, ministers are not ruling
When it comes to carbon capture and storage,
we may trial in Scotland, but we have enough resource with the
technology we have today to meet our carbon emissions within this
Many of today's announcements were in last week's
climate plan, but a new target was set, creating half of our energy
needs from renewables by the end of the decade.
It is ambitious and it will be challenging, but the
modelling we have done suggests that we are
in the right ballpark between
With the initiatives we put in our climate change plan, we
The target is a tough one, not least because of
a drive to rely more on
electricity for our heating and to power
our cars, so the demand is
And there is still no intention to extend the lives of
our nuclear power stations at Torness and Hunterston,
This could have been written on the back of a beer mat.
It is not going to tackle the issue of where our
industry in Scotland gets its energy from.
It is not going to tackle how we keep the lights on and the
Scottish Government admit we have a problem with how we produce
It is not going to with fuel poverty.
In the 1970s, this was the future, and would change our lives.
Ministers are to explore replacing the natural gas in our
pipes with hydrogen, but that's a long way into the future.
An Aberdeenshire restaurant manager who killed a chef in a row over
a takeaway order has been jailed for 32 months.
Hidayet Ozden repeatedly punched Shahzad Shah
at the Mirchi Indian takeaway in Mintlaw in April last year.
Ozden, who is from Falkirk, was charged with murder but later
Up to 80 jobs are under threat at an Inverness company
which makes products for the treatment of Diabetes.
Lifescan's parent company Johnson and Johnson announced
it is reviewing its options and it could sell the business.
Lifescan currently employs 1,100 people in the Highland capital.
The public watchdog Transport Focus says there's been
a big fall in customer satisfaction with train services in Scotland -
however levels remain higher, than in the UK as a whole
ScotRail continues to face pressure over late and cancelled services.
More than 1300 passengers were interviewed
towards the end of last year, as part of a UK-wide survey.
Its publication comes a day after ScotRail announced it had
appointed Alex Hynes as its new boss.
Sir David Attenborough, met Inti the Armadillo
He posed with the hard-shelled creature to recreate a famous
The veteran broadcaster is in the capital to collect
a donation for the charity Fauna and Flora International,
which works to conserve wildlife around the world.
Well, It's over to Judith now with the weather outlook
Good evening. We haven't seen much rain so far this month, and not much
in the forecast over the next few days either. We did see the sun
breaking through, here is a lovely sunset. Red sky at night, Shepherd's
delight, it will be largely die leg dry day. The ever brings fairly
cloudy and -- Friday. We'll see extensive freezing fog across the
south-east of England, just be aware of that, because the fog will cause
travel disruption tomorrow morning if you're heading down towards
Gatwick, Heathrow or other airports down south. Tomorrow morning starts
cloudy, breezy. A few spits and spots of rain, perhaps. It'll be a
mild start, too. Temperatures rising to 7-9 C first thing tomorrow
morning. I think we'll see 10 degrees. Thing are really shifting
either. Gales over Shetland at some point during the day, too. This
Lazarus of the morning is concerned, the cloud will thin and break.
Something brighter tomorrow, Northern Isles not faring too badly
either. As was the rest of UK's concerned, a similar story across
the best of some trend towards Wales, staying cloudy and cold
across south-east England. Temperatures here struggling,
really, and that cloud. Come further north, you will see those values
rising, as you can see. In Scotland, there is a potential tomorrow to see
temperatures of 13 Celsius along here, widely reaching ten sources as
well. Range is pushing into the Western Isles by the end of the
afternoon. The rain leaves towards the north to ride, then dry with
clearing skies tomorrow. The winds start to back into the south-east,
drawing in colder air from the near continent. It has been very cold
this winter so far. A window day -- windy day. Temperatures
around five successes. That is your forecast.
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