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Constitution

A Better Scotland

To be in the driving seat of our own destiny and to shape our own future is a natural desire. It is what we all hope for ourselves and it is what the SNP believes is right for Scotland. We will achieve independence only when a majority of our fellow citizens are persuaded that it offers the best future for our country. Our success will depend on the strength of our arguments and the clarity of our vision. So we will undertake new work to persuade a majority of the Scottish people that independence is the best future for our country.

A Better Scotland   

To be in the driving seat of our own destiny and to shape our own future is a natural desire. It is what we all hope for ourselves and it is what the SNP believes is right for Scotland.

We will achieve independence only when a majority of our fellow citizens are persuaded that it offers the best future for our country. Our success will depend on the strength of our arguments and the clarity of our vision. We will undertake new work to persuade a majority of the Scottish people that independence is the best future for our country.

We believe that the Scottish Parliament should have the right to hold another referendum if there is clear and sustained evidence that independence has become the preferred option of a majority of the Scottish people – or if there is a significant and material change in the circumstances that prevailed in 2014, such as Scotland being taken out of the EU against our will.

Following the EU referendum, the First Minister made clear that the SNP Scottish government will explore all options to protect Scotland’s place in Europe. We believe that independence is not the only option - but if it turns out to be the best or only way to protect Scotland's interests, then the Scottish people must have the right to consider it.

As Scotland’s government, we will use the limited new powers devolved to the Scottish Parliament to their fullest - and make the case for even greater powers over tax, welfare and the economy.

We will also push for democratic reform. We believe that the House of Lords is an affront to democracy and should be abolished, and we will continue to call for the first past the post voting system to be replaced with proportional representation, so that every vote and every part of the country counts.

We will continue to put forward the positive case for Scotland having the power to enact the change that we need, be it powers over social security, employment or equality.

 


Achievements

Scotland’s budget was protected from a £7 billion cut by the Treasury over the financial arrangements enabling new powers for the Scottish Parliament.

Scotland’s independence referendum was the biggest democratic exercise in Scotland’s history.

The voting age for Scottish Parliament and local government elections has been permanently lowered to 16, starting from May 2016.

With the new powers coming to the Scottish Parliament from the Scotland Bill, we will address weaknesses in Universal Credit, mitigate as far as we can the impact of UK Government welfare cuts, restore housing benefit for 18-21 year olds and abolish the Bedroom Tax.


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