Second Scottish Referendum BillAs amended
Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
1 The referendum
A referendum shall be held with the Question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?", with options ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ indicated. The Secretary of State for Scotland and the Scottish devolved government have the responsibility of distributing the ballot.
The referendum will take place in all areas under the jurisdiction of the Scottish government(Amdt. B) This referendum will be open to all registered voters under the jurisdictions of the Scottish government, with the registrations closing one week before the end of the campaign(Amdt. C) If a majority of votes received are in the affirmative, HM Government will undertake to enter negotiations with the devolved government on matters such as the status of the border, defence, fishing, currency and any other relevant matters for the new Scottish state, with the understanding that Scotland will become an independent nation by the 1st January, 2022. Parliament is empowered to change that date if that is in joint agreement with the Scottish government.(Amdt. E)
- If the majority of votes received are in the negative, HM Government will undertake to establish a royal commission on strengthening devolution in consultation with the Scottish devolved authorities, but undertake to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom.
No referendum shall be held after this referendum on the question of Scottish independence until 10 years after the referendum, unless HM Government and Holyrood identify an extraordinary change in circumstances.(Amdt. I) The timing of the referendum as well as the length of the campaign are pursuant to the advice and judgement of the speakership.(Amdt. J)
2 Timing, commencement, and extent
- This bill applies to Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- This bill may be cited as the Second Scottish Referendum Act
- This bill comes into force upon royal assent.