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Scotland to hold independence vote by end-2023, says first minister

Scotland’s first minister reiterated on Tuesday that she aims to hold a public vote on independence from the UK by the end of 2023.

Announcing her government program, Nicola Sturgeon said independence is on top of her agenda, but there will be no referendum bill debate in the Scottish parliament this year.

She said the Scottish government will now restart work on a detailed prospectus which will be presented to voters if there is a referendum campaign.

Speaking at the Scottish Parliament in the capital Edinburgh, Sturgeon said “as we emerge from the pandemic, choices fall to be made that will shape our economy and society for decades to come.”

She said: “Which Parliament – Westminster (UK) or Holyrood (Scotland) – should make these choices? And what principles will they be guided by?

“These are questions which cannot be avoided, nor postponed until the die is already cast. So we intend to offer that choice.

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