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What will be the Scottish independence referendum question?

Alex Salmond pictured after the signing of the Edinburgh Agreement.  Picture: Ian Rutherford

Alex Salmond pictured after the signing of the Edinburgh Agreement. Picture: Ian Rutherford

The Scottish Government has accepted the Electoral Commission’s recommendation that the question on the referendum ballot paper will ask voters “Should Scotland be an independent country ?”

Alex Salmond had wanted to ask: “Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?” but the commission asked for a more neutral question.

Mr Salmond accepted that the Electoral Commission should be handed a role in helping to frame the referendum question, as part of the “Edinburgh Agreement” signed last October by the UK and Scottish governments to allow a legally binding vote on independence.

 

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