Salmond publishes independence bill

By politics.co.uk staff

Alex Salmond has revealed the questions that could be asked in a referendum on independence today.

The Scottish first minister and leader of the Scottish national party (SNP) opted for a draft referendum bill, which prevents opposition parties killing off the bill before the general election.

Voters will be given the option of full independence or more substantial devolution under the draft bill.

“The post general election environment in the UK might well be one which is more conducive to the people of Scotland deciding their own future,” Mr Salmond said today.

“It all comes down to a vital principle. We believe the people of Scotland have the right to have their say on their national future.”

But the referendum is unlikely to take place as things stand. Labour, Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats all oppose the idea.

The draft bill will now go out into consultation until after the general election.