The document unveiled by the First Minister calls on the UK Government to enter discussions about the Scottish Government’s mandate for a second independence referendum

  • First Minister sets out “democratic case” for Holyrood to have power to call a referendum
  • Boris Johnson indicates he will reject the request 
  • “Democracy must and will prevail”, Nicola Sturgeon says

FIRST MINISTER Nicola Sturgeon has officially requested powers over a second referendum to be transferred to Holyrood, with a Scottish Government document laying out the “constitutional and democratic” case. 

In a paper unveiled today (19 Dec) – entitled “Scotland’s Right to Choose: Putting Scotland’s Future in Scotland’s Hands” – the SNP government made a “detailed case” for how and why Scotland should be allowed the choice of independence in a referendum. 

Sturgeon said there was an “unarguable” mandate, won by the SNP in last weeks General Election as well as at previous elections in 2015, 2016 and 2017. 

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