The Scottish government publishes a draft bill for indyref2

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Today Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have published a draft bill to hold a second Scottish Independence Referendum.

The referendum would present the same question as in 2014: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

Despite the country previously rejecting independence by 55% to 45%, the SNP say this will give Scots a second chance at independence.

If May’s election returns to a majority of MSP’s who support independence, they will attempt to pass the bill.

The SNP said dealing with the pandemic remains their priority but Scotland must look ahead to it’s future. If the bill is passed, indyref2 will be held after the pandemic but in the first half of the parliamentary term.

Labour, Lib Dems and The Conservatives are against the bill, as they believe Scotland should be focusing on the Covid-19 crisis. The UK government also oppose and refuse to give consent to a new referendum.

However Sturgeon has not ruled out settling the matter in court, meaning the bill could be passed without being backed by Westminster.

Source: BBC News