Scotland will prepare for an independence referendum before May 2021 - Sturgeon

Scotland should hold an independence referendum before the current Scottish parliamentary term ends in May 2021 and will prepare legislation for this to happen, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Wednesday. “A choice between Brexit and a future for Scotland as an independent European nation should be offered in the lifetime of this parliament,” Sturgeon told Holyrood, Scotland’s devolved parliament. She said a devolved parliament bill would be drawn up before the end of 2019. The permission of Britain’s sovereign parliament at this stage was not needed, she said, but would be eventually be necessary “to put beyond doubt or challenge our ability to apply the bill to an independence referendum.” Sturgeon is under pressure from her nationalist movement to provide a clear way forward in the quest for an independent Scotland.

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