Does the SNP have a mandate for a referendum on Scotland’s future?

The SNP is strongly committed to giving Scotland a choice on our future at the end of the Brexit process.

The SNP Scottish Government has a clear mandate to offer the people of Scotland a choice. The SNP has won two elections – the Scottish Parliament election in 2016 and the General Election last year – with an explicit commitment in our manifesto on holding a referendum. The Scottish Parliament has also endorsed that position.

The Scottish Government will not introduce legislation for an independence referendum immediately. At the end of Brexit negotiations the Scottish Government will set out its judgment on the best way forward, and on the precise time scale of the people of Scotland having a choice on our future.