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

The SNP Scottish Government has a clear mandate to offer the people of Scotland a choice. The SNP has won four elections – the Scottish Parliament election in 2016, the General Election in 2017, the European Parliament election and the General Election in 2019 – with an explicit commitment in our manifesto on holding a referendum.

The Scottish Parliament has also agreed to deliver a referendum on Scottish independence, and the Scottish Government has now published legislation to pave the way for a new referendum on Scottish independence.

We are committed to a lawful, constitutional referendum – but crucially, one which will be respected in the UK, the EU, and internationally and therefore deliver independence.

The Scottish Government has published the document ‘Scotland’s right to choose: putting Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands’ which makes the case for giving the people of Scotland a choice about their future, specifically a referendum on independence.

It is not about the benefits of independence, nor the Scottish Government’s vision for an independent Scotland. It is about the right to choose.