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SNP announces new bill on Scottish independence vote

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Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon has taken the first step to holding a second vote on independence from the UK.

The BBC reports Sturgeon told delegates at the SNP conference in Glasgow today an Independence Referendum Bill would be published next week.

She said: “I am determined that Scotland will have the ability to reconsider the question of independence and to do so before the UK leaves the EU – if that is necessary to protect our country’s interests.

“So, I can confirm today that the Independence Referendum Bill will be published for consultation next week.”

Much of Scotland voted to stay in the EU in June, with Remain securing 62 per cent of the vote. In the referendum on Scottish independence in September 2014, 55 per cent of voters voted No.

Sturgeon added: “I can confirm today that SNP MPs will vote against the Brexit Bill when it comes before the House of Commons next year.

“That bill will repeal the legislation that enacted our EU membership. Scotland didn’t vote for that and so neither will our MPs.

“But we will also work to persuade others – Labour, Liberals and moderate Tories – to join us in a coalition against a hard Brexit: not just for Scotland, but for the whole UK.”

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