SNP WELCOME RSE’s CONTRIBUTION TO REFERENDUM CONSULTATION

“PERSUASIVE” CASE FOR HOLDING POLL IN SECOND HALF OF PARLIAMENT

SNP MSP Linda Fabiani has welcomed the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s response to the referendum consultations which says that the “the argument for holding the referendum in the second half of the current session of the Scottish Parliament, to allow sufficient time for reflection, information and debate, is persuasive”.

Commenting, Ms Fabiani said:

“This is an interesting and welcome contribution to the debate which recognises the merits of the referendums timings in the second half of this parliament.

“A referendum in Scotland is clearly a matter for the Scottish Parliament and Government – and the referendum that is happening is the one the SNP pledged in the election campaign, which we said will be held in the second half of this parliament. 

“We are in the process of a consultation on the independence referendum and once that is completed we will take forward our plans for a referendum in autumn 2014.

“That is the platform the SNP stood on last May, and which the people of Scotland gave us a resounding mandate to deliver.”

 

Notes:

On Timing and Timetable the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s response to the referendum consultations reads:

“It is essential that voters have all the information they need to enable them to make an informed choice in the referendum. It is of critical importance that the full implications of the alternatives are clearly articulated before the referendum takes place. These considerations indicate that the argument for holding the referendum in the second half of the current session of the Scottish Parliament, to allow sufficient time for reflection, information and debate, is persuasive.”

http://www.royalsoced.org.uk/cms/files/advice-papers/2012/AP12_04.pdf

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