The UK Supreme Court’s ruling against a future referendum might appear to have snuffed out hopes of Scottish independence. But there may be hope yet for the Scots.
The by-election, which takes place outside the normal parliamentary election cycle, was triggered by the resignation of a Labour lawmaker in March and is one of dozens of votes that took place on Thursday.
Britain's Boris Johnson will make his first visit to Scotland as prime minister as his Conservative Party's leader there said she would refuse to support a no-deal Brexit and asks for alternatives to Johnson's strategy.
Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has resigned from the Scottish National Party days after allegations of sexual misconduct.
Europe has been shaken by new political crises this year, with Catalan independence movement and Brexit raising fears that recent events may embolden separatists elsewhere on the continent.
Scotland's devolved government has shelved its immediate plans to hold a second independence referendum until after the terms of Britain's exit from the United Kingdom are clear.
Scotland may hold its second referendum on independence from the UK in 2019, five years after Scots rejected secession in a 2014 poll.
Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon praises Germany's solidarity after a surprise visit to Berlin as she seeks support to keep her country in the EU despite the UK voting to leave.
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