Date lodged: 21 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government whether it has sought (a) legal and (b) other advice regarding holding a second independence referendum without seeking an order from the UK Government under section 30 of the Scotland Act 1998.
Answered by: Michael Russell 28 January 2019
Scottish Government decisions are informed by appropriate analysis of the legal considerations. All legal advice is confidential and it is a very long established convention that legal advice provided to the Scottish Government is not published, and that the Government does not disclose the source of advice. The Scottish Government published a Consultation on a Draft Referendum Bill in 2016.