Supreme Court independence case costs rise to almost £115,000 for taxpayers

The cost to the taxpayer of the Scottish Government’s legal fight to hold a second independence referendum has risen to almost £115,000, new figures show.

The Lord Advocate referred the question of whether the Scottish Parliament has the power to pass a referendum bill which would see a second independence referendum take place, to the Supreme Court earlier this year.

Hearings are set to take place on October 11 and 12 in London.

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Judges will hear arguments from leadings KCs on the question of Holyrood’s competency and whether the bill would be within its powers.

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The question of whether the reference is premature due to the lack of a fully amended, scrutinised, and passed bill, will also be considered.

In total, the legal costs for the Scottish Government relating to the case have risen to £113,955, new figures published on Friday show.

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Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to fight the next general election as a ‘de facto’ referendum if the Scottish Government lose the case.

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First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon, who has asked the Lord Advocate to refer the question of whether Holyrood can pass a referendum bill to the Supreme Court.

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