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Brian Cox calls for UK to become ‘United Federation’ as IndyRef2 fails

Brian Cox calls for an independent England, Scotland and Wales

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Scottish actor Brian Cox has called for a “United Federation” of independent UK countries “working together”. As the Supreme Court ruled against the Scottish right to hold a second independence referendum on Wednesday morning without British consent, Mr Cox said he did “not want to break up the Union” but was frustrated by “too many decisions being made on behalf of” Scotland and Wales by the British Government, which is based in England. 

Mr Cox said: “Ironically, I do not want to break up the Union but I have got another idea. A United Federation.” 

Asked by Piers Morgan to “explain”, Mr Cox said: “Independent countries working together, I mean Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England because I think England gets a lot of the tap end of the bath. 

“I just think that independent states would work if we come together as a united federation.” 

Mr Morgan asked: “Is that not what the United Kingdom is supposed to be?” Mr Cox said: “Yeah, but it is not because too many decisions are made on behalf of [countries outside of England]. 

“I do not want to break up the Union because we are the British Isles but I want my country, not just my country, Wales, Scotland and England, to be independent.” 

The Supreme Court judgment on Wednesday morning is a setback for the Scottish government’s campaign to break away from the United Kingdom.

The top court ruled that the Scottish Parliament “does not have the power to legislate for a referendum on Scottish independence.”

Supreme Court President Robert Reed said the five justices were unanimous in the verdict, delivered six weeks after lawyers for the pro-independence Scottish administration and the Conservative U.K. government argued their cases at hearings in London.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was disappointed but would “respect” the judgment. But, she added on Twitter: “A law that doesn’t allow Scotland to choose our own future without Westminster consent exposes as myth any notion of the UK as a voluntary partnership & makes case for (independence).”

Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross praised the decision and said the Supreme Court had delivered a “clear and unequivocal verdict”, and the SNP government must respect it.

“The Scottish people have made it clear in poll after poll that they don’t want another referendum next year,” he said. “The country faces enormous challenges right now. Our economy and our NHS are in crisis.

“We have a wave of public-sector strikes – including the first teachers’ strike in almost four decades. These key issues must be everyone’s top priority.

“Holding another divisive referendum next year is the wrong priority at the worst possible time for Scotland.”

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Independence supporters plan to rally outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and at other sites later Wednesday.

The semi-autonomous Scottish government wants to hold a referendum next October with the question “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

The UK government in London refuses to approve a vote, saying the question was settled in a 2014 referendum that saw Scottish voters reject independence by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent.

The pro-independence government in Edinburgh wants to revisit the decision, though, arguing that Britain’s departure from the European Union — which a majority of Scottish voters opposed — has radically changed the political and economic landscape.

Ms Sturgeon argues that she has a democratic mandate from the Scottish people to hold a new secession vote because there is an independence-supporting majority in the Scottish Parliament.

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