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Will U.K. rejection of Scottish gender bill bolster independence movement?

By Stephen Castle

27 Jan 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

The British government overruled Scotland’s Parliament, scuttling a bill that would make it easier for Scots to change gender. The conflict may now grow into a constitutional crisis. The NYT reports.

LONDON — When Scotland united with England and the Scottish Parliament closed its doors in 1707, it did not reopen until almost three centuries later, after pressure for more Scottish autonomy resulted in a deal in 1998 to share power between London and Edinburgh.

Twenty-five years on, that agreement, known as devolution, faces its stiffest challenge yet.

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