More than 150,000 people have signed a petition to block a second Scottish independence vote

 
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MPs are to consider a debate on a second Scottish independence referendum after 150,000 people signed a petition calling for the vote to be stopped.

All petitions gaining more than 100,000 signatures have to be considered for a debate, and parliament's petitions committee will on Tuesday afternoon decide whether to schedule a debate.

Holding a debate could put ministers in an awkward position - the government has thus far refused to be drawn on a second independence vote beyond stating that they don't believe it should happen. Ministers have yet to clarify whether they would specifically act to block a vote.

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The Scottish parliament will hold a vote on Wednesday on whether to press ahead with first minister Nicola Sturgeon's plan.

Although the SNP leader helms a minority government, she is expected to win through thanks to support from the Scottish Green party.

In its entirety, the petition reads:

Another Scottish independence referendum should not be allowed to happen

We in Scotland are fed up of persecution by the SNP leader who is solely intent on getting independence at any cost. As a result, Scotland is suffering hugely.

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