British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is poised to block Scottish laws that make it easier for people to change their gender.
New legal advice could pave the way for the government to stop Sturgeon’s gender recognition laws from getting royal assent this week, though it was unclear what that advice was.
Sunak will make a final decision with Scotland Secretary Alister Jack this week on invoking section 35 of the 1998 Scotland Act, which will prohibit Holyrood’s presiding officer from submitting the bill for royal assent, the report added.
Scotland passed the bill last month, making it the first region of the United Kingdom to approve a self-identification process for changing gender, including removing the need for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria and lowering the minimum age to 16 from 18.
This legislation could impact the UK, as citizens could travel to Scotland, change their chosen gender and return to the UK and demand equal status in other parts of the UK.