What does second independence referendum bill mean for Scotland? A second Scottish independence referendum bill will be published for consultation this week, according to Nicola Sturgeon, but what does it mean for Scotland and its place in the UK?
The First Minister made the announcement to cheers at the SNP autumn conference last week and promised the bill would "protect Scotland's ability to choose a better future". However, analysts say another vote on independence will not be quite so straightforward. "Preparing for a second referendum on Scottish independence and actually holding one are not the same thing," says Glenn Campbell, the political correspondent for BBC Scotland. Scotland Plans New Independence Referendum from U.K. Over Brexit. LONDON — Scotland is drawing up plans for a vote on independence from the rest of Britain over Brexit, deepening the political fallout from the U.K.'s decision to quit the European Union.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Thursday she would publish draft proposals for a new national ballot. Scottish referendum: Scotland votes 'No' to independence. Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence.
With the results in from all 32 council areas, the "No" side won with 2,001,926 votes over 1,617,989 for "Yes". Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond called for unity and urged the unionist parties to deliver on more powers. New Scottish independence bill published. Image copyright PA The Scottish government has published its draft bill on a second independence referendum.
The move does not mean another referendum will definitely be held. But First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland should be ready to hold a vote before the UK leaves the EU if it is felt necessary to protect Scottish interests. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said she does not believe there is a mandate for another referendum on independence. If Scottish Ministers decide a referendum is necessary it would then be for the Scottish Parliament - where the SNP and Scottish Greens form a small pro-independence majority - to consider the bill and decide whether a vote should be held.
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