Scottish independence: Scotland on course for a single question on the referendum
SCOTS now look likely to be asked a straight “Yes/No” question on independence when the referendum is staged in 2014.
• Nicola Sturgeon held “constructive” talks with David Mundell and Michel Moore on what form referendum question will take
• First Minister Alex Salmond to discuss question with Prime Minister David Cameron in coming weeks
• Independence referendum expected to be held in Autumn 2014
The SNP government had been holding out for a possible third option on more powers for Holyrood being on the ballot paper. The UK coalition opposed the idea and, after the latest round of talks between the two sides, claims there is now a “definite” move towards a deal on one question.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon began her new role as the SNP government’s head of constitutional issues by meeting Scotland Office minister David Mundell for referendum negotiations yesterday.
Ms Sturgeon will now meet Scottish Secretary Michael Moore next week to iron out an agreement over the impasse over the question Scots will be asked.
First Minister Alex Salmond will meet the Prime Minister in the next few weeks to finalise an agreement.
Mr Mundell said yesterday’s meeting had been “very constructive” afterwards.
“The momentum is definitely moving towards getting a deal to deliver a legal, fair and decisive referendum for Scotland,” he said.
“We agreed officials from both government will now work to draft a memorandum of understanding on progress to date and to detail the areas which still require work.”
Meanwhile, the advisory board to the Yes Scotland campaign – the official pro-independence group – met yesterday.
They will advise Blair Jenkins and the executive team on direction of the independence campaign.
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