CANON KENYON WRIGHT: REFERENDUM MUST BE MADE IN SCOTLAND
SNP MSP and convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Scotland Bill Committee, Linda Fabiani, has welcomed Canon Kenyon Wright’s contribution to the debate on Scotland’s constitutional future where he appeals for people across the political spectrum to embrace the chance to determine their own future.
Canon Wright – a leading architect of devolution and former LibDem candidate – says that the ‘Claim of Right for Scotland’ which was the founding principle of the Constitutional Convention and must be maintained.
“The referendum must be planned, shaped, and implemented in Scotland, including what question or questions should be asked.
“The point is – and this is what David Cameron does not seem to get – that Scotland’s parliament was not a gift of Westminster. Home rule was homemade. It must stay that way.”
Ms Fabiani said:
“These are welcome comments from Canon Kenyon Wright, the people Scotland have a unique opportunity to vote for a better future for themselves and future generations. It is imperative that the referendum is not dictated from London, or anywhere else. The inspiration and the will has come from the people of Scotland and this is where the referendum debate shall grow and thrive, right up to its culmination at the polling booths in the Autumn of 2014.
“The UK Government must listen to Canon Wright’s advice that Westminster must not attempt to dictate the terms of the referendum or the options to be offered.
“The SNP will deliver the referendum in the autumn of 2014 and campaign for a Yes vote for independence. If the opposition parties have any sense they will listen to the advice from Canon Wright, take the debate seriously, and put forward a positive vision for the people of Scotland.”