2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister: ++STARTS ON PREVIOUS SHOT++/INCLUDES CUTAWAY OF RUTH DAVIDSON++
"I start to wonder if Ruth Davidson (leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party) is my secret FMQ's agent, if she could get up today of all days and talk about constitutional uncertainty, frankly beggars belief. There is not a lot of competence in Ruth Davidson's preparation's for First Minister's Questions based on that. This is the day when her party has just been overturned in the courts when the courts have said their intention to trigger Article 50 without a vote in Parliament is illegal. For her to talk about constitutional uncertainty is frankly beyond words. Well let me make it quite clear, presiding officer, the job of this government. The job of this government is to make sure we look after our public services, is to make sure we bring forward proposals for tax that are reasonable, balanced and progressive, allow us to protect those public services and allow us to make sure that we are supporting our economy to grow particularly through our support for the smallest businesses in our country. And our job also is to make sure that we are standing up for the interest of this country and doing everything we can to prevent the party that Ruth Davidson is a member of, from dragging Scotland out of the European Union against our will because that is the biggest risk to our economy, that is what Ruth Davidson really needs to wake up to."
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4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister:
"We'll be looking at the judgement very carefully, and yes will actively consider whether or not there is a case for the Scottish government to become participants in that case. The judgement this morning I don't think is a huge surprise for anybody who fought the case but it is hugely significant and it underlines the total chaos and confusion at the heart of the UK government. I mean we should remember that their refusal to allow a vote in the House of Commons is not some matter of high constitutional principle, it's because they don't have a coherent position and they know that if they take their case to the House of Commons that will be exposed. The job of this government is to protect Scotland's interests. Scotland voted to remain in the EU and my job is therefore to protect her place in Europe and in the single market as far as I possibly can. SNP in the House of Commons will certainly not vote for anything that undermines the will or the interest of the Scottish people."
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament on Thursday that her party would "certainly not vote for anything that undermines the will or the interest of the Scottish people".
Sturgeon was speaking after the British High Court ruled that the British prime minister can't trigger the UK's exit from the European Parliament without a vote in Parliament.
The First Minister said that the Scottish National Party (SNP) would defend Scotland's place in Europe and in the single market.
The case is considered the most important constitutional matter in a generation.
The Conservative government said it would go to the country's Supreme Court to challenge the ruling, which, if upheld, could prevent it from starting exit talks with the EU by March 31 as planned.
The Supreme Court has set aside time in early December to hear the appeal.
It's unlikely the ruling will stop Britain from leaving the EU eventually. Most lawmakers accept that voters' choice must be respected - but they differ widely on what form Brexit should take.
Pro-EU legislators hope the ruling will force the government to set out its plans for exit negotiations before triggering Article 50, something Prime Minister Theresa May has previously ruled out.
A majority of members of Parliament backed the "remain" side in the referendum, but could be willing to support the start of exit talks if it's clear that the government won't seek a "hard Brexit," in which Britain leaves the EU's single market of 500 million people.