Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 09:08 GMT, Jun 28, 2017 |

Nicola Sturgeon has put her independence referendum plans temporarily on hold after announcing a “reset” of her proposed timetable.

The first minister had called for an independence referendum to be held in the autumn of 2018 or spring of 2019.

But Ms Sturgeon told Holyrood she would now delay her plans to introduce legislation for a referendum.

However, she later said it was still “likely” a referendum would be held by 2021.

Ms Sturgeon has been considering her options since the SNP lost 21 seats in the election earlier this month.

She said the Scottish government would delay its proposed referendum legislation until at least the autumn of next year – although it would still need the permission of the UK government for a legally binding vote to be held.