Scottish ministers are 'determined' to press ahead with proposals despite a backlash from within their own party.
The SNP's former Westminster leader will contest the seat currently held by Ruth Davidson.
Tommy Sheppard says that the Westminster government is 'fuelling the case' for Scottish independence.
MSPs dismissed the bill blaming lack of clarity over the total cost of such a scheme.
The Scottish Government will publish its 2020-21 spending plans on Thursday.
The First Minister said a ballot could be held without Westminster's consent provided it's ruled as legal.
More than half of Scots would vote for independence - but they don't support a referendum this year.
A debate on removing the EU flag from Holyrood after Brexit will take place on Wednesday.
The First Minister's spokesman said she remains 'committed' to holding a vote this year.
The average loan debt per student has risen from £6000 nine years ago to £13,800 in 2018/19.
The number of private sector businesses operating in the country has risen by more than a quarter since 2007.
Mr Weir and wife Chris, from Largs in North Ayrshire, claimed the £161m prize in July 2011.
The First Minister has called for the Prime Minister to 'agree and negotiate' the transfer of powers to Holyrood to hold indyref2.
The Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP has been unanimously re-appointed at the parliamentary party's AGM.
The SNP Westminster leader said the general election 'reaffirmed the mandate' for a referendum.
The UK Government has ruled out a second Scottish independence referendum.
She warned Boris Johnson: 'Scotland cannot be imprisoned in the Union against its will.'
Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh was fined £3000 alongside fellow lawyer Alan Mickel.
She only became leader of her party in July but has been unseated by the SNP's Amy Callaghan.
Nicola Sturgeon responds cautiously to prediction her party will win 55 of 59 Scottish seats.