Scotland publishes second independence referendum bill

The bill does not make a second referendum compulsory but is likely to be resorted to if Scotland is not on board with the deal Britain strikes for its exit from the European Union.

By: PTI | London | Updated: October 20, 2016 9:12 pm
 Scottish government, draft bill on a second referendum, Scottish referendum, Independence from UK, UK news, Scotland news Britain News, Scotland independance news, latest news, International news, World mews Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said Scotland should be ready to hold a vote before the UK leaves the EU if it is felt necessary to protect Scottish interests. (File)

The Scottish government today published a draft bill on a second referendum to decide whether the region would prefer to be independent from the UK.

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The bill does not make a second referendum compulsory but is likely to be resorted to if Scotland is not on board with the deal Britain strikes for its exit from the European Union (EU).

Scotland had voted to remain in the EU in the June 23 referendum, in contrast with the rest of the UK which favoured Brexit.

The first referendum over Scotland’s future within the UK took place in 2014, which saw voters reject independence by 55 per cent to 45 per cent.

The new draft Referendum Bill was formally published by Constitution Secretary Derek Mackay, despite the Scottish Parliament being in recess until next week.

It says that any future referendum would be held on a similar basis to the one in 2014. It is now open for a public consultation, which will run until January 11, 2017.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said Scotland should be ready to hold a vote before the UK leaves the EU if it is felt necessary to protect Scottish interests.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said she does not believe there is a mandate for another referendum on independence.

If Scottish ministers decide a referendum is necessary, it would then be for the Scottish Parliament to consider the bill and decide whether a vote should be held, the BBC said.

The UK government would then be asked to grant a Section 30 order to make the referendum legally binding.

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    Peter Dow
    Oct 20, 2016 at 8:16 pm
    "In 2014, our objective was for the conduct of the referendum to meet the highest standards of fairness, transparency and propriety. That objective was achieved then and remains crucial for any future referendum."lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; - The Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotlandlt;br/gt;Consultation on a Draft Referendum Bill, October 2016lt;br/gt;______lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Well if that was Salmond's government's objective in 2014 then that objective was NOT achieved.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;UNFAIRlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;* the conduct of the 2014 independence referendum campaign was UNFAIRlt;br/gt;* there were UNFAIR police arrests and court orders to terrorise some campaigners to stop campaigninglt;br/gt;* in July 2014, 7 weeks before the vote, police UNFAIRLY raided my home and arrested me and court orders to stop my campaigning were UNFAIRLY imposed on me, (a YES-campaigner from Aberdeen, Peter Dow) which UNFAIRLY prevented me from campaigning for YES on Twitter or on my own website, the Scottish National Standard Bearer website - SCOT.TKlt;br/gt;* the broadcasting media was UNFAIRLY biased to refuse 24/7 coverage with a dedicated indy-ref TV channel and denying opportunity for most unofficial campaigners to be broadcastlt;br/gt;* the coverage that there was was UNFAIRLY biased to support the United Kingdomlt;br/gt;* the "Edinburgh Agreement" UNFAIRLY imposed an outcome of 100% of Scotland being surrendered to the majority of the vote, as it turned out, to the 55% who voted "No"lt;br/gt;* the 45% who voted YES were UNFAIRLY refused any offer of a 2-state solution or parion of Scotland into lt;br/gt;1. an independent state for the 45% who voted YES and lt;br/gt;2. a UK state of Scotland for the 55% who voted NOlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;NO TRANSPARENCYlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The fact that Sturgeon is in denial that the indy-ref campaign in 2014 was unfair is proof positive that there has been no transparency either, that the unfairnesses and rigging of the 2014 independence campaign have not been widely reported and have largely been covered up by the mainstream media.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;IMPROPRIETYlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The police arrests, court orders and banning from TV broadcasts are an improper way to conduct any referendum.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;QUEEN'S PRIVY COUNCILLOR STURGEONlt;br/gt;Note that Sturgeon has signed her foreword in the consultation as "The Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon".lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;By that "Rt Hon" Sturgeon is reiterating her oath as a Queen's privy councillor when she swore to prevent anything from being said or done which would be against the Queen remaining as head of state of Scotland, when she swore to prevent the Scots ever getting our own independent Scottish nation state which could elect its own head of state, a president of a Scottish republic, ridding ourselves of the Queen's rule.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Sturgeon has sworn to prevent the independence of the Scots from the Queen and that's how she intends to go on.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;So in Sturgeon's foreword to the "Consultation on a Draft Referendum Bill" there is a clear intention to do in future as was done in 2014 - cheat those Scots who want a true independence, to sell a variation of DEPENDENCE on the Queen as some sort of pretend so-called "independence" which is no such thing.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;So this "consultation" is a fraud because it is really Sturgeon trying to pull the wool over the public's eyes so that she, as the Queen's First Minister of Scotland, can continue to subject all of the people of Scotland to rule by the Queen's United Kingdom.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Peter Dow is a Scottish scientist and a republican socialist whose legal human rights are cruelly violated by the police and courts in Aberdeen, where he lives.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Peter Dow's political defence blog publishes the truth about the wrongful and unjust royalist arrests, prosecutions, convictions and punishments he endures.lt;br/gt;
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    Peter Dow
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