This consultation paper invites views on the proposals for how the referendum would be run. A draft Scottish Independence Referendum bill is set out as an appendix to the document.
In January this year the UK Government published a consultation document to gather public opinion on the proposal by the Scottish National Party (SNP) to hold a referendum on Scottish independence. The consultation was open until Friday 9th March and gathered views from all members of the UK public.
On the 4th of April the UK Government published a command paper (Cm. 8326) summarising the 2,857 responses to the consultation. This document is available on-line from the Scotland Office by clicking the following link:-
Some notable results from the UK Government consultation are as follows:-
- 75% of respondents agreed with the position of the UK Government that there should be a single question on Scotland’s constitutional status
- 70% of respondents agreed with the UK Government that the referendum should take place sooner rather than later
- 44% of respondents were in favour of the Scottish Government proposal that 16-17 year-olds be allowed to vote in the referendum, with 47% against
The ongoing Scottish Government consultation on the question of Scottish independence will run until Friday 11th May and can found at the following link:-