Scotland

Scotland's papers: Brexit 'bombshell' and council tax 'hike'

One story dominates Friday's front pages - the High Court in London's ruling that MPs must be given a say over triggering Article 50 and Britain's exit from the EU.

Nicola Sturgeon has issued a demand for the UK to remain in the European single market after a landmark High Court ruling threw Theresa May's Brexit strategy into chaos, says The Herald.

The first minister is threatening legal action against the UK government's efforts to overturn the court judgment with Theresa May's Brexit plans now in disarray, claims The Scotsman.

The Times Scotland writes that Theresa May could be forced to call a general election after MPs threatened to use the court judgment to sway Brexit talks.

The National writes that the High Court judgement could "sink" Tory plans to exit Europe, continuing the analogy from Boris Johnson, who said before the ruling that the UK government was going to make a "Titanic success of Brexit".

Ministers fear they face a protracted parliamentary "guerrilla war" over Brexit is how the i paper reports the story.

Invoking the spirit of World War Two following the ruling, the Scottish Daily Express features the union flag and claims "this country faces a crisis as grave as anything since the dark days when Churchill vowed we would fight them on the beaches".

The Scottish Daily Mail writes that MPs "tore into" three "out of touch" judges for ruling that "embittered Remainers" in Parliament should be allowed to frustrate the verdict of the British public.

The Daily Record features a dancing Theresa May on its front page along with the words of the Hokey Cokey and writes that the prime minister's "Brexit means Brexit" plans are "in tatters" following the judge's decision.

In other news, a detective has been convicted of indecency after being found in a "half-nude" state near his home in East Lothian by "stunned" police officers, according to The Scottish Sun.

Strictly contestant Laura Whitmore was "left in stitches" when Ed Balls sent her a "saucy text", claims the Daily Star of Scotland.

The Press and Journal leads with the news that controversial council tax changes, which will see rates rise for certain bands, were approved by a single vote at Holyrood.

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