What happens if voters say NO?
This question was on many people’s lips when the Electoral Commission did its voter testing in December 2012. It poses a clear challenge to PM David Cameron to firm up his vague promise in 2012 that voting No in the 2104 Independence referendum would not be the end of devolution to Scotland. If the polls start to rise for the YES side we can expect this question – a pathway to more powers? - to become unavoidable.
Two years on: Is the answer the Smith Commission?
Partially – it will produce ‘more devo’ and if it sticks to the opening principles, it will be consistent with the referendum result. But the Commission doesn’t embrace the reform of Britain and British issues like the economy, politics and broadcasting. Until they are dealt with in London there can be no lasting stable solution.
In Ecuador just after the YES vote in 2008 accepting the new constitution.
In 1997, after chairing the cross-party YES campaign Scotland Forward in the devolution referendum creating the Scottish Parliament – I became involved in other referendums while at the same time developing a more general interest in how they work and when they should be used. More on Voxscot or contact me here.
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