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What’s to come if SNP take Holyrood. Sturgeon throws down gauntlet to PM: If UK govt doesn’t challenge the Scot govt in court, referendum wld be legal. Govt insiders concede there’s no choice but to fight in court, with all the political danger that brings
ANALYSIS: For Johnson, an outright SNP victory is nothing short of a nightmare. It puts future of the 300-year Union into play. It is a fight that the PM can neither ignore nor afford to lose: Is there a worse legacy than being the PM who lost the Union?
The PM clear he won’t consent to a second referendum. Douglas Ross said it would be “illegal”. But under the Scotland Act the govt would have to take Holyrood to court to strike down the referendum legislation - which forces a showdown and a political nightmare for Johnson
Tory source on indyref: “We can't just ignore it, we have got to try to shut it down. It's going to dominate our politics. I'm viewing it with dread.”

And will go to court. If Holyrood law deemed outside its scope, it’s on UK govt to fight in court, can’t just say ‘it’s illegal’

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