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2014 Scottish independence referendum

2014 Scottish independence referendum154 posts
20 Feb, 2012

‘Noone knows what devo-max is’

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.

18 Jan, 2012

Expats cannot vote

Scottish ministers say Scots living outside the country will not be allowed to vote. Eligibility for the referendum will be determined under the same rules that govern Scottish parliamentary elections. The Scotland Act states that while people living abroad who were registered to vote in the UK in the previous 15 years can remain on the election register, this only allows voting in UK or European parliamentary elections. It does not allow voting in local elections or in elections to the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Bruce Crawford, minister for government strategy, tells the Scottish parliament:

Hundreds of thousands of people born in Scotland now live elsewhere in the UK and beyond. The registration and validation of entitlement to vote would add significant complexity to the task of electoral professionals in organising and running the referendum.

10 Jan, 2012

Referendum in 2014

First minister Salmond announces that he wants to hold a referendum on Scottish independence in 2014. The timeframe for the vote is designed to allow all the necessary legislation required to authorise it to be passed and for proper preparations to be made:

What Scotland objects to is all the strings they (the UK government) are trying to to attach. They are trying to run a referendum by proxy.

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