Building a New Scotland: Creating a modern constitution for an independent Scotland

This paper sets out the Scottish Government’s proposals for a written constitution that puts democracy, rights and equality at the heart of everything we do as an independent country.


This is the fourth document in the Building a New Scotland series which aims to give people the information they need to make an informed choice about Scotland’s future.

This paper sets out the Scottish Government’s vision for a modern constitution in an independent Scotland. It:

  • sets out why Scotland needs a written constitution
  • explains the benefits of having a constitution, including protecting the rights of people in Scotland
  • describes how people in Scotland would be involved in creating the constitution

This is the full paper. You can also access:

British Sign Language

If you want to print this document out you can download a pdf in the ‘supporting documents’ section.

See also: Independence: what you need to know

The Building a New Scotland series will cover a wide range of topics and forms the prospectus for an independent Scotland.



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