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Summary

  1. The ‘Scotland’s Choice’ debate on a second independence referendum is suspended, after the attack at Westminster

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. Independence referendum debate halted after Westminster shooting

    Policeman in the chamber

    The Scottish Parliament has suspended a debate on whether to call for an independence referendum following an attack outside the UK Parliament.

    Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh said the incident in London was affecting the contributions of MSPs, and that the debate would resume at another time.

    A police office and a woman have been killed near parliament in central London.

    Four people are known to have died so far - including an attacker.

    Scotland Yard is treating it as a terrorist incident.

    
          Politicians and staff immediately left the chamber once the debate had been suspended
    Image caption: Politicians and staff immediately left the chamber once the debate had been suspended

    MSPs had been spending a second day debating whether or not to seek permission from the UK government for a second referendum on Scottish independence to be held when news of the London attack broke.

    A vote had been due to be held at 17:30, but politicians including Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson called for the session to be suspended.

    Read more here.

  2. Business mangers will meet tomorrow to decide when the indyref2 debate should resume

    Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh
    Image caption: Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh
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  3. No specific threat but Holyrood security increased

    Scottish Parilament

    Here is the official statement from the Scottish Parliament: 

    "While there is no intelligence to suggest there is a specific threat to Scotland, Edinburgh or Holyrood we have increased security with immediate effect at the Scottish Parliament as a precaution."