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Draft bill on Scottish independence vote to be published next week: Sturgeon

Scotland's government will publish a draft bill for an independence referendum next week as a last resort if it cannot keep close EU ties when Britain leaves the bloc, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Thursday.

"I can confirm today that the independence referendum bill will be published for consultation next week" in the Scottish parliament, Sturgeon told delegates at her Scottish National Party's annual conference.

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