MEMBERS from across the Yes movement were eagerly anticipating the indyref2 update from Nicola Sturgeon today, but what does her announcement mean?

Below, we've separated the key points from her speech to MSPs earlier this afternoon.

  • The First Minister has told MSPs that she wants indyref2 before 2021, if the UK goes through with Brexit.
  • Sturgeon's government will introduce a bill to "protect and progress the option for an independence referendum" within the lifetime of the current parliament.
  • The bill will set the rules and principles for any referendum, and would "only require the transfer of power at a later date via a Section 30 Order to proceed to a vote on independence".
  • There will also be cross-party talks to discuss which powers other parties believe should be transferred to the Scottish Parliament, and the government want to try and establish a Citizens’ Assembly.
  • The assembly will "bring together a representative cross-section of Scottish society under an independent chair and seek views on how best to equip Scotland’s Parliament for the challenges of the future, in light of Brexit".