I think there's still a misconception about what the Section 30 in 2014 was actually about, so I'll try to clear that up.

In 2014, the Scottish Parliament didn't actually have the power to call elections or referendums. Elections in Scotland were held under UK law.
So the Section 30 "granted" in 2014 was actually to empower the Scottish Parliament to pass legislation required to hold a vote. It wasn't "You're allowed to have a vote" (that was the Edinburgh Agreement), it was "Here's the power you need to actually call a vote".
However, as a result of the Smith Commission, the Scotland (2016) Act devolved the power to hold elections to the Scottish Parliament. Scot Gov then passed 3 Acts to expand the franchise and change some technical aspects, and to facilitate referendums on "devolved" matters.
So this means that we don't need a Section 30 from UK Gov in 2021/22 to hold an election or referendum - because we *already* have those powers.

Scot Gov can call a referendum any time it likes, whether Boris likes it or not.

The Referendums Act passed in 2020 only applies to "devolved" matters, and the union is a reserved matter.

So basically UK Gov will have to take Scot Gov to court to block or resolve an #indyref2 vote on the basis of the union being "reserved".
Scot Gov's argument will be that a vote in itself is not altering the union in any way. It's just a vote. It's just asking Scots what they'd like to do.

Only parliaments - Scottish and UK - can actually change legislation.

So basically it comes down to a political fight.

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