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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-08124: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 15 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the comment by the Scottish Green Party that "in assessing public appetite for a second referendum we will respect new kinds of citizen-led initiatives - for example, a call for a referendum signed by up to 1 million people on the electoral register".

Answered by: Derek Mackay 27 March 2017

The Scottish Government welcomes initiatives to encourage public engagement. The manifesto on which the current Scottish Government was elected was clear that the Scottish Parliament should have the right to hold another referendum “if there is a significant and material change in the circumstances that prevailed in 2014, such as Scotland being taken out of the EU against our will”.