Westminster shooting: Scottish parliament suspends referendum debate

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The Scottish Parliament has just suspended a debate on calls for a second independence referendum in light of events at Westminster.


MSPs had been due to vote at 17:30 on a motion that would have allowed the Scottish Government to formally request talks on a fresh vote.

Holyrood was suspended just before 16:00 UK time after it became clear MSPs were increasingly distracted by events in London.

Murdo Fraser, Conservative MSP, had questioned how “appropriate” it was to continue with the second day of debates on independence.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said it was right to suspend business “until we have a better understanding of what is going on in Westminster”.

Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish first minister, said “my thoughts are with everyone in and around Westminster caught up in this dreadful incident – and with the brave emergency services”.

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