Scotland cannot hold a new independence referendum. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made this clear in a letter to Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
According to Johnson, a new referendum would come much too soon after the previous one, that was in 2014.
The United Kingdom is no longer as united in recent years. The Scottish demand for independence comes back after the Brexit referendum in 2016.
A narrow majority of British voters then opted to leave the European Union. But in Scotland, the relationships were different; an overwhelming majority chose to stay in the EU.
Since that clear division, the Scottish government has repeatedly dropped the need for a new independence referendum in Scotland, so that the Scots can go their way and possibly rejoin the EU.
A new one, because Scotland already had such a referendum in 2014. At that time, 55 percent of Scottish voters voted against independence.
The Scottish government feels that it could be the other way around now that the Brexit is as good as a fact. However, the polls point to a narrow majority against independence.