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NICOLA STURGEON has said she will request consent from the UK government for another referendum on Scottish independence before the end of the year.
Scotland’s First Minister revealed she will ask Downing Street for a Section 30 order “over the next weeks” as she presses ahead with plans to hold a vote in the latter half of 2020.
The Referendums (Scotland) Bill, which makes provision for such a vote, was produced by the Scottish government in May.
The SNP leader told the Andrew Marr show: “I’m putting legislation through the Scottish Parliament right now, to put the rules and regulations in place.
“As that legislation progresses we will make that request for a Section 30 order.”
As the SNP annual conference opened in Aberdeen yesterday, the First Minister reiterated her view that holding a legal referendum is the only route for Scotland to secure independence.
A Panelbase survey for The Sunday Times Scotland yesterday suggested that support for Scottish independence has risen to 50 per cent, up from 45 per cent last year.
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