Blow for Nicola Sturgeon as election watchdog says it must review indyref2 question

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Nicola Sturgeon wants a new vote on independence next year Credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

Nicola Sturgeon’s plan for a second independence referendum based on the same Yes/No format used in 2014 has been dealt a blow by Britain’s election watchdog.

The Electoral Commission has told MSPs it must spend three months assessing the question used in a fresh poll, regardless of whether the same wording is proposed.

In a formal submission to Holyrood’s constitution committee it also set out a nine-month timetable between the Scottish Parliament passing legislation and polling day, which could scupper any plans for an early vote on breaking-up Britain

The First Minister has said she wants a new vote in the second half of next year but has also suggested it could happen faster in the event...

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