Draft Independence Referendum Bill

The Scottish Government’s Programme for Government for 2021 included a commitment to publish a draft independence referendum bill within the term of this Parliament. This publication includes the draft Bill, and the background.


Last year the Scottish Parliament passed the Referendums (Scotland) Act 2020. That Act set out detailed conduct and campaign rules that can be used for any referendum on a devolved subject-matter. The timing and the question posed at such a referendum would be set by a further Act of the Scottish Parliament.

Scottish Government Ministers have been clear that a referendum on Scottish independence should be held within the next term of the Parliament, taking into account the COVID-19 pandemic.



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