The Scottish Independence Bill sets out the interim constitutional platform which would serve as the basis for the government of Scotland from Independence Day. The Scottish Independence Bill would be introduced to the Scottish Parliament in the event of a vote for independence in the referendum.
The Bill provides for Scotland to become an independent state; provides an interim constitution for Scotland which would apply from Independence Day; and provides for a permanent written constitution to be drawn up post-independence by an independent Constitutional Convention. The Bill would be accompanied by a renewed Scotland Act, fully revised and refreshed to operate for an independent country.
Why We Are Consulting
The aim of this consultation is to encourage discussion and stimulate debate on the interim constitutional arrangements which would exist from Independence Day. It is therefore important and right to consult the people of Scotland now and ensure that their views are taken into account in developing the interim constitutional platform.
What Happens Next
Responses to this consultation will inform how the interim constitution will look in the event of a yes vote. The interim constitutional arrangements set out in the Bill would apply until a permanent written constitution could be drawn up post-independence. The permanent written constitution would be drawn up by a Constitutional Convention, established by the first independent Scottish Parliament elected in May 2016.