Scotland Election 2016

Holyrood election 2016: Where the parties stand on Scottish independence

Voters in Scotland go to the polls on Thursday 5 May to choose their next MSPs. But where do the parties stand on key issues? Here we look at Scottish independence.


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Media captionScottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon shares her view of independence
  • a second independence referendum when independence is the "preferred option of the majority of the people of Scotland"
  • or if there is a "significant or material change in the circumstances", such as "Scotland being taken out of the EU against our will"
  • summer campaign to persuade people on case for independence

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Media captionScottish Labour Party leader Kezia Dugdale shares her view of independence
  • no to second independence referendum for the next parliament

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Media captionScottish Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson shares her view of independence
  • no to a second independence referendum for the next parliament
  • support the creation of a new UK-wide effort to promote the strengths and values of the Union

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Media captionScottish Liberal Democrat Party leader Willie Rennie shares his view of independence
  • no to second independence referendum for the next parliament
  • continue to make the case for a diverse, federal UK

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Media captionScottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie shares his view of independence
  • would be a "different context" for another independence referendum
  • written constitution produced by the Scottish people in a citizen-led process
  • a petition signed by an appropriate number of voters, citizens should be able to trigger a vote on important issues of devolved responsibility
  • further devolution to local government

  • no to second independence referendum for the next parliament

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