2014 Scottish independence referendum

‘Full devolution besides defence and foreign affairs’

20 Feb, 2012

Stewart Maxwell, a former Scottish National Party minister and Member of Scottish Parliament for the West of Scotland says the party has no clear view on what ‘maximum devolution’ means, but that the generally understood meaning of the term is that Scotland would have responsibility for all but two main government portfolios:

It’s not up to us to define devolution max. We support independence, but I think the common understood definition of devolution max is that it is full devolution of all powers with the exception of defence and foreign affairs … Many people including civil Scotland have said they want devolution of welfare, they want devolution of certain taxes, pensions so there’s clearly a desire out there for more devolution. So, I think it’s important that we allow that debate to occur before we decide what goes on the ballot paper.

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