In the latest bid for Scottish independence the country’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has said that a referendum on the matter will be held next year.

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, Sturgeon said that the country would go to the polls on 19 October 2023.

She said she had written to the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, asking him to give his formal consent for the vote to go ahead. At the same time she said that the UK Supreme Court would also be asked to rule whether the Scottish government could hold a referendum without the approval of London.

Scotland voted on whether to become independent in 2014, when Scots plumped to stay in the UK by a margin of 55%-45%. Current opinion polling shows that most Scots would prefer to remain part of the UK, but this margin is shrinking.