UK government to block Scottish gender recognition bill in unprecedented move

The UK government has announced it will block Scotland’s landmark gender recognition bill, designed to make it easier for transgender people to self-identify.

Government minsters have staged an unprecedented intervention to block the bill, which is likely to spark a constitutional row between the two parliaments. Scotland

Secretary Alister Jack is expected to lay a section 35 order at Westminster tomorrow, which would prevent the legislation from being sent to the King for Royal Assent.

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon had previously claimed any attempt to block the bill would be an ‘outrage’, and the Scottish government is likely to take legal action

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