New Scottish draft independence bill

The Scottish government has published a draft bill on holding a second referendum on Scottish independence. Another referendum will not definitely be held, however, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that Scotland should be ready to hold a vote prior to the UK leaving the European Union if it is thought necessary to protect Scottish interests. If Scottish Ministers decide to go ahead with a referendum it would then be for the Scottish Parliament to consider the bill and decide whether a vote should be held. The Scottish National Party and Scottish Greens form a pro-independence majority in the Parliament. The UK government would then be asked to grant a Section 30 order to make the referendum legally binding.

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