Path to an independence referendum

WATCH: Pathways to an independence referendum

Published: 26 June 2022

The Scottish Government has said it will hold an independence referendum in 2023. But does it have the power to do so?

What are the steps towards legislating for an independence referendum? Are there hurdles that might appear along the way?

A new animation from the Centre on Constitutional Change maps out the likely path to a referendum in Scotland. 

Watch - Pathways to an independence referendum

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Delving into the detail

The path to a referendum is a winding one. Our infographic delves into more detail, including more on what the 2014 referendum, and what happened in Catalonia in 2017. 

Scroll for a link to download and view full size, or download the text only version. 

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More from the CCC on Scottish independence

For further analysis of issues associated with independence, read the CCC’s e-book,
Scotland’s new choice: Independence after Brexit

Listen to the CCC podcast episode on Scottish independence, Scottish independence: Then and now

More information

The animation and infographic are the result of a research project entitled, A Family of Nations? Brexit, Devolution and the Union, led by Nicola McEwen, Professor of Territorial Politics at the University of Edinburgh and Senior Fellow with the UK in a Changing Europe.

The Family of Nations project is a senior fellowship with the UK in a Changing Europe, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.


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