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Nicola SturgeonMakes Statement

Legislative timetable for 2023 referendum to be decided in ‘coming weeks’

23 Jan, 2022

Appearing on the BBC’s Sunday Morning show, Sturgeon says The Scottish Government is preparing for a second referendum in 2023.

The preparatory work on that is underway right now. We haven’t decided on the date that we would seek to introduce the Bill. We will decide that in the coming weeks. But what I have said, and I will happily say again to you right now, is that my intention is to take the steps that will facilitate a referendum happening before the end of 2023…That’s the proposition that just short of a year ago I fought an election on and was re-elected as First Minister. My party was re-elected with a historically high share of the vote. This is about democracy. It’s about allowing the people of Scotland to choose our own future. I make no apology for the fact that over the past two years, as First Minister, I have prioritised steering the country through a pandemic. I am determined, I won an election on this basis, to give people in Scotland the choice over our future. I believe when that choice comes people will choose an independent future.

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