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Now on BBC One, it's time for the news where you are.

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The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has repeated her call

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Addressing her party's Spring conference in Aberdeen, she said

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the will of the Scottish Parliament "must and will prevail".

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Our Political Correspondent Nick Eardley reports.

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Nicola Sturgeon teams of signing off on it. The ironworkers back at the

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top of Scotland's political agenda. And on the issue that included her

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perky supporters like no other, she is not budging. There will be an

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independent referendum. APPLAUSE

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The UK Government disagrees. There is no sign it is about to change its

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mind. But Sturgeon knows she will win the Scottish Parliament's

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support next week and argues that can be ignored. To stand in defiance

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of that would be folly Prime Minister to shatter beyond repair

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any notion of the UK as a respectful partnership of equals. Let the Prime

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Minister be in no doubt, the will of our Parliament must and will

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prevail. Agreeing the referendum is only half the battle. Her side lost

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last time. She says she knows she had to do more to win votes, but he

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hits her proposition. It is down to us to make the economic case for

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independence. That is clearly the questions that people ask, and we

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will. But we should also be clear about this. Those who argue for

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Scotland to stay in the UK have big economic questions to answer to.

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There was also some policy, money for mental health care, digital

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skills and to pay childcare workers the living wage. But by far it was a

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skills and to pay childcare workers constitutional pledge that won the

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most passionate response. Scotland's future would be in Scotland's hands.

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Haas support is guaranteed, but what happens next? That is not so clear.

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The former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has called

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for a new form of federal home rule for Scotland, to avoid

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what he called the "extremes" of independence and

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But the SNP and the Conservatives dismissed the idea.

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At the same time we shouldn't lose a membership of the British single

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market and that is not the SNP's policy, to take it out of that, 1

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million jobs depend on that. He says Scots must have more control of

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farming, fisheries and environment as well as banking and packs. The

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Conservatives say more powers will come to all part of the UK when we

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leave the EU. Mr Brown's speech does is highlight, they say, is widely

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bad for a referendum is so inconsiderate. Nasa has argued the

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Labour Party is so divided in Westminster and so weak in Scotland

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that they are in force. -- not a force.

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Rugby now, and the Scotland head coach Vern Cotter says he got just

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In his last match in charge, Scotland defeated Italy 29-0.

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Kheredine Idessane reports from Murrayfield.

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A full house roared its approval as Finn Russell scored just if for the

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half hour to add to an earlier penalty by Stuart Hogg, and in

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Scotland went on to have a 15-0 half-time lead. In this outscored

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and in perhaps the best was saved half-time lead. In this outscored

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for last as Stuart Hogg laid in Tommy Seymour 44 Scottish try and a

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29-0 win. Folly and going head coach Vern Cotter. I was a supporter

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before I came here and I will be a supporter now, but with additional

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emotional attachment. Vern Cotter's last match in charge of Scotland

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three wins and a six Nations campaign for the first time in over

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a decade. He hands over to Gregor Townsend feeling that he is less

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Scottish rugby in a much better position than he found it.

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Football,and here are all today's Premiership results.

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Aberdeen's victory over Hearts means that Celtic cannot

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Elsewhere, there were wins for St Johnstone and Rangers.

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Now before we go, let's get the weather outlook for tonight

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Invaded evening. We are looking at outbreaks of rain crossing the

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country tonight. Low pressure to the north of ours, generating these

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trailing whether France, updates and brains, and this is the remnants of

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storm Stella that not all that snow to America earlier this week. Try

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initially, but here is a band of rain sweeping and across the country

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tonight, accompanied by strengthening south-westerly winds

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in the south-west corner. When spec up in the north and as we head

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through the night in the rain does become confined to the south west

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but showers farther north and some rain across Shetland. Clear

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conditions feeding end but it will turn colder across more northern

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part around the four Celsius, milder in the south. A tale of two halves

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tomorrow, dry clear whether in the north with one or two showers, rain

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any south sinking southwards, a much improved day across south-west

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Scotland, the sunshine coming through. Across the UK, that weather

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front responsible for the rain is sinking southwards into the north of

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England, Northern Ireland and parts of Wales, but ahead of that a lot of

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dry weather, bright sunny spells and temperatures mild across the south,

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1314 Celsius. Colder in the sunshine across northern Scotland, but we

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will see its sunny spells coming through. Showers coming towards the

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west and the north, a lot of dry weather to be had to, and as we had

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was beginning next week. Sunshine and showers at times, it will turn

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notably colder as we head to next week. Hazard

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And that's all from Reporting Scotland for now.

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Our next update is tomorrow evening at 5:50pm.

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Until then, from everyone here, good evening.

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