Will laws need to be passed at Westminster as well as Holyrood?

Answer: Yes, Westminster will have a role in passing legislation concerning independence.

This will not be problematic because Westminster has considerable experience of legislating for the independence of former UK territories.

Successful independent states such as Malta and Malaysia, and scores of others, had their independence legislation passed at Westminster. Scotland’s situation – as part of the UK rather than an overseas territory – is different, and that is why it is appropriate that the key legislative steps are taken in the Scottish Parliament.