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Scottish vote question changed

The Scottish Government has agreed to change the wording of the question for the referendum next year on independence after the election watchdog said it was not neutral. It will now be: "Should Scotland be an independent country? Yes/No."

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Scottish Govt accepts new referendum question

The Scottish Government says that it accepts the Electoral Commission's recommendation over the wording of the question asked to voters in next year's independence referendum.

The SNP administration confirmed that it will be the election watchdog's suggested question that is put before the Scottish Parliament, for the final say on what voters will be asked in the autumn 2014 referendum.

I am particularly delighted with the conclusion the Electoral Commission has reached on the question.

While its view is that our proposed question was clear, simple and easy to understand, I am nevertheless happy to accept their recommended change.

Their advice is based on rigorous testing and we will submit the Electoral Commission’s recommended question – ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’ – to the Scottish Parliament as part of the Referendum Bill.

– Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister

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