Tuesday, 16th October 2012
Agreement between the United Kingdom Government and the Scottish Government on a referendum on independence for Scotland
Source: Scottish Government
The United Kingdom Government and the Scottish Government have agreed to work together to ensure that a referendum on Scottish independence can take place.
The governments are agreed that the referendum should:
• have a clear legal base;
• be legislated for by the Scottish Parliament;
• be conducted so as to command the confidence of parliaments, governments
and people; and
• deliver a fair test and a decisive expression of the views of people in Scotland
and a result that everyone will respect.
The governments have agreed to promote an Order in Council under Section 30 of the Scotland Act 1998 in the United Kingdom and Scottish Parliaments to allow a single-question referendum on Scottish independence to be held before the end of 2014.
+ Direct link to Agreement (PDF; 220 KB)
+ Draft statutory instruments : Constitutional Law Devolution, Scotland (PDF; 115 KB)
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