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MSPs back push for second independence referendum

The vote took place at Holyrood. Credit: PA

The Scottish Parliament has voted to push for a second independence referendum.

MSPs backed Nicola Sturgeon's motion, calling for her to be able to to take forward discussions with the UK Government on the details of a section 30 order, the mechanism to transfer the legal powers for a vote.

The motion was passed by 69 votes to 59.


Scottish Parliament to vote on Indyref2 today

Sturgeon will press the case for a referendum today Credit: PA

The Scottish Parliament is expected to vote today for a second independence referendum.

The Scottish Greens are likely to support the SNP's call for Scotland to go to the polls again in late 2018 or early 2019. Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected the SNP's timeframe.

The vote was postponed last week following the Westminster terror attack.

We will have updates during the day and a special report in Lookaround tonight.

PM makes his case for a 'No' vote in Scotland

David Cameron has been in the south of Scotland today making the case for a "No" vote in the independence referendum.

It was the second day of his campaign tour north of the Border ahead of September's vote.

The Prime Minister met pupils from Lockerbie Academy to hear their views. And in an exclusive interview for this programme he promised the Tories would give Holyrood more powers if Scots reject independence.

Our Scotland Political Editor, Peter MacMahon, reports:


Full Interview: Cameron on Scottish Independence

The Prime Minister has been in the south of Scotland today, campaigning for the Union.

He visited Lockerbie Memorial and spoke to young people from Lockerbie Academy about September's independence referendum.

Afterwards he told our Political Editor, Peter MacMahon, the Tories will promise to give Holyrood more power if there is a "no" vote in September.

Here's the full interview:

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