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    Scotland Publishes Bill 'to Set Rules for Independence Referendum' - Sturgeon

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Scottish Government on Wednesday published the legal framework for future referendums, including a potential independence vote, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.

    "Just published a Bill to set the rules for an independence referendum — to allow the Scottish people to choose our own future rather than having a Brexit future imposed on us. @Feorlean will update @ScotParl later on it and our plans for cross party talks and a Citizens’ Assembly," Sturgeon said on Twitter.

    The Scottish government said in a press release that the bill would "provide a legal framework for the holding of referendums on any matters within Scotland's control."

    "The Bill includes provision for the date, question and referendum period to be set by secondary legislation. For a referendum on independence, it is proposed that this would take place following a transfer of power, ensuring such a referendum could not be legally challenged," the government said.

    Sturgeon said in late April that Scotland should hold the vote by the end of the parliament's term, which expires in 2021. The first minister framed the potential referendum as a "choice between Brexit and a future for Scotland as an independent European nation."

    At 2016 Brexit referendum, Scotland voted to remain part of the European Union. Across the United Kingdom, however, the Leave vote won.

    The United Kingdom remains deadlocked over Brexit, as the UK parliament has rejected the withdrawal agreement negotiated with the European Union. The bloc has time and again stressed it would not renegotiate. The United Kingdom did not leave the European Union on March 29, as it was originally expected to, and was instead given a new deadline until October 31.


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