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 over our future.

The SNP has decisively won the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary election with an explicit commitment in our manifesto to holding a referendum, beyond legal challenge, after the COVID crisis is over.

The Scottish Government has now published legislation to pave the way for a new referendum on Scottish independence and if the Scottish Parliament votes for it, no Westminster government must stand in the way.

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.