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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