Independence Referendum (Draft Bill)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 18th February 2021.

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Photo of Jamie Greene Jamie Greene Conservative

5. To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to publish the draft bill for an independence referendum announced in its programme for government for 2020-21. (S5O-05037)

Photo of Michael Russell Michael Russell Scottish National Party

As we set out in the programme for government, we will publish a draft bill for an independence referendum before the end of this parliamentary session. That is still our intention, and I will update the Parliament on that in due course. I believe that there are five weeks still to go.

Photo of Jamie Greene Jamie Greene Conservative

Given that the Scottish Parliament will dissolve, likely in five weeks’ time, and in the light of the on-going Covid pandemic, I will ask the cabinet secretary a simple question. I have made it multiple choice, if that is helpful. In the limited time that is available to the Parliament, should we debate: A, a draft bill on independence; B, Scotland’s drug death crisis; or C, the overdue Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development report into Scottish education, the immediate release of which the Parliament voted for yesterday?

Photo of Michael Russell Michael Russell Scottish National Party

The Parliament should debate the future of Scotland and how we make Scotland a better country. Scotland will become a better country if it is free to make its own decisions. If it follows the United Kingdom Government into the dangerous cul-de-sac of Brexit, it can only become a worse country. I would have thought that Jamie Greene would have realised that, and would want to argue in the interests of his constituents. Clearly, he does not—he wishes only to argue in the interests of the UK Government.

Photo of Jamie Greene Jamie Greene Conservative

Was the answer A, B or C? Sorry, I missed that.

The Deputy Presiding Officer:

You had your answer. There is no second go at it, I am afraid.