Referendum

By G.A.Ponsonby
 
The Royal Society of Edinburgh has indicated its support for the Scottish Government’s timetable for holding Scotland’s independence referendum.
 
In a response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the referendum the society said that the period of Autumn 2014 was “persuasive”.

By G.A.Ponsonby

A document purporting to cast doubt on Scotland’s continued membership of the EU post-independence has been ridiculed after it emerged it contained a list of embarrassing errors.

The document called ‘Scottish Independence and EU Accession’ is published by London based pro-business body called Business for a New Europe (BNE) who claim that an independent Scotland would face significant obstacles if it wanted to remain in the EU.

By a Newsnet reporter

The Chief Executive of the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has called on the anti-independence parties to come clean on what ‘more powers’ they would offer the people of Scotland.
 
Speaking after an Edinburgh conference on the referendum yesterday, Martin Sime also insisted that the best way to ensure enhanced powers came to Scotland was to have the option on the referendum ballot.

By a Newsnet reporter
 
Ahead of the upcoming campaign on Scottish independence a recent opinion poll commissioned by Age Scotland shows that older people have lost complete trust in politicians with only 11% of older voters saying they trust them.
 
Not far behind were newspapers, with less than a third of older people saying they trusted Scotland’s traditional print media to report honestly on the constitutional debate.

By a Newsnet reporter

Speaking to the BBC Sunday Politics show, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced that the pro-independence campaign will begin officially in May.

Mr Salmond told the Andrew Neil of the BBC that he wanted a long campaign because he was confident of the case for independence and confident that Scots would vote yes.

By a Newsnet reporter
 
As the Liberal Democrats assemble for their spring conference, the party have been challenged to say whether they support votes for 16 and 17 year-olds in the referendum over Scotland’s constitutional future.
 
Senior Lib Dems, including the Deputy Prime Minister’s PPS Jo Swinson MP, have given their backing to the ‘Votes at 16’ week of action which begins on Monday – but there is confusion over whether the party will back Scottish Government proposals to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in the referendum.

By a Newsnet reporter

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 Lib Dem candidate – says that the Claim of Right for Scotland which was the founding principle of the Constitutional Convention and must be maintained.