The UK Supreme Court has blocked an attempt to hold a new referendum on Scottish independence. The setback has exposed the limits of SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon’s strategy, which channeled the independence movement’s radical energies into a centrist cul-de-sac.
Jamie Maxwell is a Scottish journalist who writes for Al Jazeera, Vice, the New Statesman, the Herald, and many other publications.
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