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2014 Scottish independence referendum Michael Moore (politician)

‘Noone knows what devo-max is’

20 Feb, 2012

Scottish Secretary Michael Moore, a Liberal Democrat, says that the most difficult issue with placing a third option on the Scottish referendum ballot, allowing for the union to remain together but with Scotland granted ‘maximum devolution’ of powers, is that noone knows what the term means:

Devo max is really a brand without a product, a concept of more powers for Scotland without any detail about what that entails.

He says those who use the term should define what it is that they want. The three main unionist parties – Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative – prefer only a single question on the ballot, ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’ with only two possible answers – Yes or No.