Referendums (Scotland) Act 2020

The Referendums (Scotland) Act 2020 is an Act of the Scottish Parliament which was passed by Parliament on 19 December 2019.[1] This Act sets of a framework under Scots Law for the administration and governing of referendums in Scotland on any issue within the legal competence of the Scottish Parliament.

Referendums (Scotland) Act 2020
Act of the Scottish Parliament
Long titleAn Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision about the holding of referendums throughout Scotland.
Citation2020 asp 2
Introduced byMichael Russell MSP
Territorial extent Scotland
Royal assent29 January 2020
Status: Current legislation
Text of statute as originally enacted

The Bill was introduced by Cabinet Secretary for Constitutional Relations, Michael Russell, on 28 May 2019 as a Government Bill.

The lead scrutinising committee was the Finance and Constitution Committee.

The Scottish Government intended for this Act to form the statutory basis for their proposed referendum on Scottish independence, which the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, requested the power to hold such a referendum in late 2019.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "MSPs back principles of indyref2 framework bill". BBC News. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  2. ^ correspondent, Libby Brooks Scotland (19 December 2019). "Sturgeon demands independence referendum powers be devolved". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 27 December 2019.