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Scotland goes on with new Independence Referendum Bill

Scotland goes on with new Independence Referendum BillA consultation gets under way next week on plans for a second Scottish independence referendum, the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed, according to BBC.

Scottish First Minister told the party's Glasgow conference that an Independence Referendum Bill would be published next week. It marks the first step to holding a second vote.

The first referendum, which took place on 18 September, 2014, resulted in 55% of voters saying "no" to Scottish independence.

Sturgeon told delegates that Scotland had the right to seek something better if there were prospects of an unstable future as part of the UK.

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," Sturgeon added.

On 24 June, the day after the UK voted to leave the EU, Sturgeon said a second independence referendum was "highly likely".

Those who voted in Scotland backed remaining in Europe by 62% to 38% while the UK as a whole backed leave, by a margin of 52% to 48%.

Earlier it was reported that a legal challenge to the UK government's right to begin the official process of Brexit without parliamentary approval is due to get under way.
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