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'Fatal defects' in multi- option referendum

The Saltire Credit: PA Images

A multi-option referendum on Scottish independence, would have "fatal defects", a committee of MPs has found. The fourth report published focuses on the proposal for a multi-option referendum.

The report states:

"Widening the number of options to be put in front of the voters in areferendum may at first sight be an attractive proposition: but it suffers froma number of fatal defects.

"Leaving aside the charges of political opportunism which can quite fairly be laid against the Scottish Government in pursuing this option, the evidence we heard shows very clearly the challenges and defects of the notion.

"The Scottish Government does not have a mandate to hold a referendum on greater devolution. What it promised was a referendum on separation."


Scottish Independence: Economic consequences

The full economic costs of Scottish independence have been debated by MPs at Westminster. A referendum on independence is expected to take place in two years time.

But if today's debate is anything to go by, there's no shortage of divisions over the economic pros and cons of full separation.It was led by the Livingston Labour MP, Graeme Morrice. Gerry Foley has sent this report:


  1. Tim Backshall

Scottish Secretary welcomes outcome of independence consultation

Scottish Secretary Michael Moore Credit: ITV Border

The Borders MP and Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore has welcomed the outcome of a public consultation on Scottish Independence. Mr Moore said that 75% of the 2,857 respondents agreed that there should be a SINGLE question on Scotland’s constitutional future.

The SNP government in Edinburgh is in favour of a second question, the so called ‘devo max’ option. Mr Moore also highlighted the 70% support for the vote to take place sooner rather than later. Mr Salmond’s team who want to see the vote delayed until the autumn of 2014.

75% support single question Credit: ITV Border

In a radio interview the Scottish Secretary admitted that a quarter of the responses to the government’s consultation exercise came from a ‘standard text’ on the Labour party’s website.

This led the Scottish government minister Bruce Crawford to call for the UK consultation to be subject to independent scrutiny, a call firmly rejected by Michael Moore.

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