Holyrood debates a possible second Scottish referendum

The Scottish Parliament is considering whether a second independence referendum should be called.

A two day debate commenced on Tuesday afternoon. The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon originally announced her intention last Monday to seek permission from the UK Government to hold a second vote.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May told Robert Peston (ITV News) that ‘now is not the time’ for voters to consider Scottish independence for the second time.

At the end of tomorrow afternoon, it is expected that Holyrood will vote in favour of the Scottish Government being permitted to seek a section 30 order, in order to enable for a second plebiscite to occur.

A YouGov poll published last Wednesday showed that 46% of voters think a second independence referendum should go ahead, compared to 42% who want it blocked.

Peter Geoghegan, a journalist and lecturer gave his own independent assessment of the current political situation in Scotland, “We are going to get a resolution passed at Holyrood, calling for a section 30 order to be transferred to Holyrood.

“That’s highly unlikely to produce the desired result in terms of Westminster turning around and going, ‘yes, of course here’s your section 30 order’.”

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