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Independence referendum anniversary: prospect of second vote remains

The prospect of a second referendum remains. Credit: PA

One year ago today, Scotland voted to remain in the UK.

But on the anniversary of the independence referendum, the prospect of a second vote remains.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the Scottish National Party will set out the timescale for a possible second referendum in its manifesto for next year's Holyrood election.

But Prime Minister David Cameron has ruled out a second referendum in this Parliament.



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David Cameron has said he will consider SNP proposals for devolution that go beyond the Smith Commission - but he refused to guarantee that he will act on them.

He says the fact that the south of Scotland now has two SNP MPs doesn't give the nationalists a mandate for further powers.

Watch ITV Border political editor Peter MacMahon's full interview with the Prime Minister:

Sturgeon to put forward further devolution plans

Nicola Sturgeon. Credit: PA

Nicola Sturgeon says her talks with David Cameron were "constructive", and that she intends to put forward plans for further devolution, that go beyond the Smith Commission's recommendations:

  • She says the Prime Minister has committed to implementing the full recommendations of the Smith Commission, and that this is a good start
  • Ms Sturgeon says the next step is to put forward proposals for more powers for the Scottish Government, and that David Cameron has said he will consider these proposals

However, Ms Sturgeon says there is still "a world of difference" between her and the Prime Minister's political stances.

Most notably, she wants full fiscal autonomy for Scotland, whereas David Cameron does not.

Cameron and Sturgeon hold talks

The Prime Minister held talks with the First Minister. Credit: PA

Prime Minister David Cameron has held talks with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, at her Bute House residence in Edinburgh.

The two shook hands as David Cameron arrived.

It's his first visit north of the border since the general election, and the devolution of new powers to Scotland is likely to have dominated the agenda.

Ahead of the meeting, the Prime Minister said the UK government would keep its promise to implement the recommendations of the Smith Commission.

But Ms Sturgeon is expected to have pressed for more powers to be devolved to the Scottish government.

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