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Summary

  1. MSPs take part in a two-day debate on whether to ask for a second independence referendum
  2. Permission for a new poll has to come from the UK government which said "now is not the time"
  3. Prime Minister Theresa May confirms she will trigger the start of Brexit negotiations next week
  4. Reporting Scotland put the issues of Brexit and the referendum in the spotlight for a special debate
  5. The panel included the SNP's Fiona Hyslop and Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins

Live Reporting

By Steven Brocklehurst and Catherine Lyst

All times stated are UK

  1. Continue following the debate on the possibility of a second referendum

    At 17:30 on Wednesday, MSPs will vote on whether to make a request to the UK government for permission to hold a second independence referendum.

    The first day of the debate took place on Tuesday and it will continue after 14:00 on Wednesday.

  2. What will Brexit mean?

    Brian Taylor

    BBC Scotland Political Editor

    BBC Scotland Political Editor Brian Taylor said there was a "parity of uncertainty" on both sides in the debate. He said there were doubts all round as to what Brexit meant.

  3. The debate comes to a close

    Fiona Hyslop answers the final question from Glenn Campbell by saying that the Scottish government has been trying to play a constructive part in the negotiations over Brexit.

  4. 'Good to welcome EU citizens'

    Fiona Hyslop said "our respect for EU nationals is central to the type of country we want to be".

    She added that it was also good economically to welcome EU citizens.

    The SNP MSP also questioned whether EU nationals would want to come to the UK any more. 

    Mr Tomkins said there was no need for the EU nationals to be a difficult part of the negotiations.

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  6. 'Immigration enriches society'

    Adam Tomkins said it was "not appropriate" to make the guarantee on the future of EU nationals until there was a reciprocal agreement with other UK countries.

    Mr Tomkins said he felt immigration enriched society and he wanted the prime minister to make the guarantee but it had to be part of the deal.

  7. 'Bargaining chips'

    Fiona Hyslop said there were 181,000 EU nationals living in Scotland.

    The UK government has chosen not to give guarantees to those people about their future, Ms Hyslop said.

    They cannot be used a "bargaining chips", the SNP minister added.

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    Question
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    Your views on the debate

  10. 'Land grab'

    Fiona Hyslop asks for assurances that the UK government will not take the powers for agriculture and fisheries in Scotland when the are "repatriated" from Europe.

    Adam Tomkins responded that she wanted them to remain with Europe.

    The Tory MSP said he wanted to nail the "myth" that the UK government would have a "land grab" of powers that come back from Europe. 

  11. New powers 'inevitable consequence'

    Adam Tomkins is asked if the Scottish Parliament will become more powerful after Brexit.

    He said it was "an inevitable consequence" of Brexit that the Scottish Parliament would get new powers.

  12. Single market 'absolutely vital' to exports

    Fiona Hyslop is asked if the UK can make a success of leaving the EU.

    She said the EU single market was "absolutely vital" to Scotland's exports.

    She said every country in the world could have access to the single market but Scotland wanted to be a member to get the best terms.

    Ms Hyslop said any deal we get with the EU after Brexit would be worse than what we currently had and it would cost jobs and growth.

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  14. 'Free-est access to single market'

    Adam Tomkins campaigned for Remain during the EU referendum but he said he now wanted the best Brexit deal for the whole of the UK.

    He said the prime minister wants the "free-est access to the single market" but also the ability to make trade deals with the rest of the world.

    He said Brexit contained risks but we should "all pull together" to get the best deal possible.

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    EU question four
  16. 'Out of European Union'

    Fiona Hyslop said: "If we let Scotland drift for the next two years we will definitely be out of the European Union."

    She said the Brexit terms of reference would be set out by Autumn 2018 so that was the time to have an independence referendum. 

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  18. 'Not standing in the way'

    Adam Tomkins said the prime minister was "standing up" for Scottish majority opinion NOT "standing in the way of the Scottish majority opinion" as Ms Hyslop had claimed.

  19. What if it's a 'no' to referendum?

    If the prime minister says "no" to a referendum will the Scottish government still hold one?, asked Glenn Campbell.

    Fiona Hyslop repeatedly said the Scottish government was going through the process of getting a second referendum but did not clarify whether it would hold a referendum if the UK government would not allow a legally-binding vote.

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