The SNP is strongly committed to giving Scotland a choice on our future.
Throughout the Brexit process, Scotland has been treated with contempt by Westminster. All our efforts to find compromise and protect the interests of the people of Scotland, who voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU, have been met with a brick wall.
An independence referendum within this parliamentary term will give Scotland the opportunity to choose to be an independent European nation – rather than have a Brexit future imposed upon us.
The Scottish Government has published legislation to pave the way for a new referendum on Scottish independence.
The legislation sets the rules for any future referendum held by the Scottish Parliament – such as who is eligible to vote and how campaigns will be regulated. For an independence referendum, the date and question will be determined by further specific legislation.
Now, more than ever, it is essential that we keep Scotland’s options open so that people have the opportunity to choose a better future.
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.